ASUU Saga: Non Academic Unions to continue strike as sharing formula is not favourable.
The Non-Academic unions of tertiary institutions have threatened to continue their strike over the sharing formula of the N40billion Earned Academic Allowance.
According to The Nation reports, the Unions are the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, (SSANU); Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).
The Unions says that out of the N4billion Earned Academic Allowance that only 25% is allocated to them, with 75% allocated to ASUU.
The union says it is rejecting the sharing formula of the Earned Allowances as it is being done by the government.
The non acdemic body emphasises that Government has allocated 75 per cent to ASUU and 25 per cent to all other non-teaching unions in the universities. Thus, it is grossly inadequate. That is robbing Peter to pay Paul and using divide and rule in the university system. No union, not even ASUU, has the monopoly of opening or closing of schools through strike. Other unions also have that capacity to ensure that the system does not work.
The leadership statement reads:
“Secondly, my union, ASUU and other unions negotiated with the government; So, if payment of Earned Allowances will be based on unions, it should be on the basis of the 2009 Agreement, which is where the Earned Allowances is derived from. Lumping my union with other non-teaching staff is neither here nor there and totally unacceptable to us.
“The union is asking that our own Earned Allowances should be specified, whatever it is should be specified just like they did to ASUU. If nothing is done, we will close down the system until we are fairly treated”.
According to the national president of SSANU, Comr. Mohammed Haruna the union will not take the sharing formula.
“We have stated before now that the least we can take is 50-50, they are not more in numbers. And even if they want to do something like that maybe this is my own personal opinion, I may not insist on 50-50 but at least something reasonable. We have so many numbers. If they give for example 60-40, do you think the noise will be there? Government does not want peace if it is giving 75 per cent to only one union and giving 25 per cent to three unions, does it make sense? Certainly, my members are more than willing to down tools if this becomes a reality.”
Meanwhile, The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, announced this week that it has reached an agreement with the Federal Government over major issues that will lead to the suspension of its strike.
Credit source:The Nation
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