Varsity lecturers not casual workers, ASUU says in aftermath of half payment to members –

The leadership of the University Academic Staff Union (ASUU) has strongly condemned the Nigerian government’s response to union demands since it suspended an eight-month strike in October.

Union members received half their wages in October.

In defending the payment, the Department of Labor and Employment noted that half of the wages paid to members were prorated.

However, published on Tuesday and by ASUS Union president Emmanuel Osodeke said the federal government’s attitude since the strike was suspended was unfounded.

Unions have slammed the government for treating federal university teachers as mere casual workers.

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It has vowed to take legal action to address the issue aggressively and called on members to remain calm.

The statement read: “Unfortunately, the government’s response to ASUU showing confidence is the so-called pro-rata 18-day pay, as the October 2022 wages of academics there paint them as daily wage workers! This is not only an aberration , and violates all known rules of engagement of academics around the world in any contract or employment.

“At an emergency meeting of the ASUU National Executive Council (NEC) on Monday, November 7, 2022, the union considered developments since the strike was suspended. The NEC noted with dismay that pro-rata academic fees like temporary workers are being Unprecedented in the history of university-oriented industrial relations, the attempt to completely reduce Nigerian academics to casual workers is condemned.

“NEC commends the members of ASUU for their perseverance in the face of endless hardship and unprovoked provocation by some of the notorious proxies of the ruling class. NEC further calls on Nigerian students, parents and other genuine concerned individuals and groups to understand the union as a whole and to continue within the legal limits of to actively address avoidable crises within the country without compromising the interests and welfare of Nigerian intellectuals.”

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