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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Strike: FG, ASUU Holds Third Reconciliation Meeting

The Federal Government is holding another reconciliation meeting with officials of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Abuja. According to the Ministry of Labour and Employment, the meeting which was earlier scheduled for 11:00 am today (Thursday), has just begun.

The adjusted time was to afford some key players expected at the meeting a little break, following a similar meeting with the National Association of Resident Doctors, which ended this morning. The Minister assured the striking lecturers that the meeting will treat areas of mistrust between the workers and the Federal Government so that the strike can be called off.

In his response, the ASUU president expressed optimism that the industrial action would be called off as soon as the government shows its commitment to addressing the concerns raised.

ASUU has been on strike since August
14, over unpaid arrears and demands
for improved infrastructure in the
universities.
A reconciliation meeting with the
Federal Government August 17 had
failed to resolve the dispute, but fresh
undisclosed offers were made to the
lecturers.
Another reconciliation meeting held on
August 29 also ended in deadlock, as
ASUU insisted on seeing the government
act on their demands.
The third meeting, however, comes a
day after the non-teaching staff unions
of Nigerian government universities
resolved to embark on an indefinite
strike.
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They are demanding the immediate
payment of earned allowances, as well
as a review of the universities
governance system.
Rising from a Joint Action Committee
meeting of non-teaching unions in
Abuja, the leadership directed their
members to down tools with effect from
Monday, September 11.
The meeting was attended by members
of the Senior Staff Association of
Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the Non-
Academic Staff Union of Universities
(NASU), and the National Association of
Academic Technologists (NAAT).

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