ASUU: FG pays minimum wages arrears to lecturers to return to classes
The Academic Staff Union of Universities has despite the Federal Government’s payment of minimum wage arrears, insists that its members won’t resume work.
The University of Lagos branch of the union passed a circular titled, ‘Payment of minimum wage arrears’.
The chairman of UNILAG ASUU, Dele Ashiru, confirmed the authenticity of the circular and he described the arrears payment as “long-overdue”, saying that the core demands of ASUU have not been met.
The circular read, “The leadership of our Branch has been inundated with calls concerning the recent payment of the long-overdue arrears of the consequential adjustment of the minimum wage.
“Our members are reminded that this is not one of the core demands upon which the ongoing strike action is premised.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the demands of our Union are the conclusion of the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement, abrogation of the fraudulent and corrupt IPPIS scheme and the deployment of UTAS, payment of promotion arrears, the proliferation of State Universities and governance issues amongst others.
“While our Union welcomes this unsolicited payment, our members should please conserve the funds and spend wisely so as to energise our struggle until all our demands are satisfactorily met
Our Union commends the resolve and sacrifice of our members in enthroning a University system that is globally competitive.
“United we bargain! Divided we beg! A people united can never be defeated. Solidarity forever”
It was reported that the minimum wage arrears, which Federal Government owed lecturers under ASUU has been paid just to bring lecturers back to classes and put an end to the long lasting strike.
On February 15, ASUU began a four-week rollover strike following the Federal Government’s failure to meet its demands.