ASUU Strike: 3rd Reconciliation Meeting Holds
The Nigerian government is holding another round of talks with representatives of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Abuja, a third meeting since the union started an industrial action in August.
They are trying to reconcile agreements ASUU reached with the previous administration, and the Ministry of Labour and Employment said the meeting, which was earlier scheduled for 11:00 am on Thursday, started in the evening.
It was shifted for later commencement to give government representatives hours of break, giving that the same negotiators had spent over 13-hour in talks with the National Association of Resident Doctors, who are also on strike.
The meeting ended Thursday morning, but no agreement was reached. The Resident Doctors' strike continues.
At the commencement of the meeting with ASUU, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, assured the striking lecturers that areas of mistrust between the workers and the Federal Government would be addressed to ensure that the lecturers returned to the classroom.
The ASUU president is optimistic that the government will show commitment to addressing their concerns in order for the union to call off the strike they had started on August 14.
They are protesting unpaid salary arrears and are demanding for improved infrastructure in universities.
On August 17, both parties met but no resolution was reached. The government had presented fresh offers that have been kept secret, but the union said the offer was not something it could take.
The government again on August 29 held talks with the union, but that also ended in a deadlock.
While the government is trying to resolve this issue, members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) have unanimously voted to embark on an indefinite strike.
They will begin industrial action by September 11.