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SSANU, NASU commence indefinite strike in UI

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Two non-academic unions of the University of Ibadan (UI) on Friday commenced an indefinite industrial strike over failure of the institution’s management to meet their demands.


The Nigeria News Agency reports that the unions – Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) – locked the UI gate, thus stalling academic activities in the campus.

Speaking with NAN, Mr Wale Akinremi, Chairman of SSANU in UI, said the industrial action would continue until the university management yielded to their demands.

He noted that the initial seven and 14-day ultimatum had lapsed and the institution’s management was yet to do their bidding.

He said the demands were full reinstatement of staff school teachers, stoppage of illegal pension deductions and continuation of their October increment, which was stopped in 2019.

According to him, other demands include the the appointment of SSANU members in the disciplinary committee of the trial of their members or when treating their case.

“As well as stopping arbitrary redeployment of senior members of staff when there is any issue as if they are messengers; even messengers are not to be redeployed anyhow.

“UI management is using autocratic power to deal with our members,” he said.

Also speaking, NASU chairman, Mr Malachy Etim, said the indefinite strike was necessary, having exhausted all communication avenues without success.

He said:, “We had a meeting with UI management on Tuesday, and we told them our plights.

“The present management lacks the system of communicating with us.

“You will write two to four letters and none will be acknowledged, not to talk of responding to the issues raised”.

Mr Tunji Oladejo, UI Director of Communication, said the university management had met with the unions on the need to allow harmonious and peaceful cooperation on the campus and assured that their demands would be looked into.NAN)

Edited By: Moses Solanke/Wale Ojetimi

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LASU resumes normal activities after unions’ protest over minimum wage implementation

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Normal activities resumed at the Lagos State University (LASU),Ojo,  on Wednesday following the suspension of a two-day protest by the academic staff and non-academic staff  unions of the institution.


The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the two main gates leading into the institution were barricaded by the unions on  Monday and Tuesday to protest against the  delay in the implementation of  the new minimum wage to all tertiary institutions in Lagos State.

The gates were later opened after the unions’ meeting with the state’s Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola.

The unions comprise: the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Non-Academic Staff of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU).

Mr Saheed Oseni, Chairman, SSANU, LASU Chapter,  said that the Head of Service,Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola, assured the unions that government would start to pay the minimum wage by October.

“We had a meeting with Mr  Muri-Okunola yesterday  on the implementation of minimum wage to all tertiary institutions in the state.

“The Head of Service  during the meeting said that  the government was committed  to commence the implementation of minimum wage across all tertiary institutions in the state.

“We are also having another meeting with the Lagos State House of Assembly this morning to consolidate on the meeting we had with the  Head of Service.

“Since the gate has been opened definitely academic activities will commence,” Oseni said.

Also, Mr Moruf Sanni, Chairman, NASU, LASU chapter, said that the protest was called off because the state government had promised to  implement the  new minimum wage.

According to Sanni, members will want to receive their minimum wage first,before talking about the arrears.

“The management of LASU will determine the commencement of academic activities for the students,”he said.

Mr Ademola Adekoya,Head of Centre for Information, Press and Public Relations, LASU, said that normal activities had resumed in the institution.

Adekoya said that lectures would commence on Sept.21 for final year students at the undergraduate level.

NAN reports that  both the management,  staff and  students of the institution as well as visitors  with verified identification cards now have access to the institution.

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AOCOED’s NASU protests against govt’s delay in payment of minimum wage

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The Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Otto-Ijanikin, chapter of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), has protested against the non-implementation of the workers’ minimum wage for its members by the Lagos State Government.


The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the protesters barricaded the two gates to the college at about 7.am. to prevent students and staff members from going in.

The Chairman of the local chapter of NASU, Mr Adesola Abubakar, said that it was unfortunate that the union members in the college had yet to join counterparts in the state to enjoy the minimum wage.

Abubakar therefore urged the state government to implement the minimum wage to all workers in tertiary institutions in the state.

He said: “What other Lagos state ministries and agencies are enjoying in terms of the minimum wage should be extended to workers in tertiary institutions in the state.

“It is no longer news that our minimum wage is being delayed, while other Lagos state ministries and agencies had been receiving since last year.

“We have written several letters to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his special adviser on education and other stakeholders but our request has not been granted.

“We realised that something good did not come out of the letters and meetings. So, we agreed that all the unions in tertiary institutions should embark on a joint industrial action.

“We joined the joint action today because we had our congress meeting yesterday and our members said we should join.”

Abubakar said they would return to work once the government met their demands.

Also, Mr Ige Ajayi, the institution’s Chairman, Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, said their action was to force the state government to pay their minimum wage.

“We are part of the agitation and demand for the payment of the minimum wage in all the tertiary institutions in the state.

“We urge the state government to pay us the minimum wage with the arrears at the end of the month,” Ajayi said.

He however advised the unions to exercise restraint and consider the interest of the students. He said: “We need to put in cognisance the interest of our learners, we are in the month of September and our students have not completed their first semester examination.

“We are not facing AOCOED management but the state government for the implementation of our minimum wage,” Ajayi said.

The President of the Students’ Union, David Alagbe, urged the state government to urgently attend to the unions’ demands.

“What the unions are fighting for is their right and the best way, after dialogue without response, should be industrial action.

AOCOED students cannot fight the unions for locking the gate because they are fighting for their right,” he said.

The Provost of the institution, Prof. Bilikis Lafiaji-Okuneye, said the governor was sympathetic to the implementation of minimum wage to all tertiary institutions in the state.

Lafiaji-Okuneye said that government was willing to pay but there were underlining issues delaying the payment.

“One of the issues is the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in the country. We all know that Lagos has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

“Before the outbreak of the pandemic, we were told government would implement the minimum wage this year.

“Unfortunately, COVID-19 came and affected the payment. Few weeks ago, government still indicated its willingness to pay.

“Our efforts from AOCOED’s management is that we are appealing to the union to be patient with government, so they can pay the minimum wage,” Lafiaji-Okuneye said.

Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Sam Oditah
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Pay minimum wage to tertiary institutions workers in Lagos- NLC

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Mrs Funmi Sessi, the Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Lagos State chapter, on Monday urged the state government to implement  payment of the new national minimum wage for tertiary institutions workers.


Sessi made the plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria during the protest of academic and non-academic unions of the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the unions include: Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Non-Academic Staff of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU).

NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had assented to the payment of N30,000 as the new National Minimum Wage Bill, which became law on April 18, 2019.

Sessi said that the state government as owner of the institutions, should not be sectional to their workers.

“Other state workers have been enjoying their minimum wage since last year. Until they do certain things at all tertiary institutions in the state, we will not agree.

NLC at the national levels is behind the decisions of the unions, and they will not accept the delay of the implementation of minimum wage,” Sessi said.

She added that education was very expensive to run and government should be ready to do the needful by approving and paying the workers their minimum wage and arrears.

“Recently, we had virtual meeting with the Lagos State Government at the education sector; we deliberated extensively about school resumption in the state.

“We observed and informed them that the countries, which hurriedly reopened schools, are now experiencing the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.

“For example, immediately South Africa resumed schools within three days, they recorded 6,000 cases of COVID-19 pandemic, and immediately they shut down their schools.

“We do not want such to happen in Nigeria by exposing our students to such, because some people still believe there is no COVID-19 in the country,” Sessi said.

She said government knew that Lagos State was the epic centre of COVID-19, so why were they rushing to open schools.

“Government should implore other means of virtual learning to teach the students; recently LASU conducted virtual examinations for their post graduate students.

“Government has so many things to do before tertiary institutions can resume academic activities.

“All students should go back home for safety, especially female students should go back to their parents,” Sessi said.

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Protest: Unions shut LASU’s gate over new minimum wage

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The in-house unions of the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, on Monday locked the institution’s gate, preventing its management, staff and students  from entering into the institution’s premises.


 

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that representatives of the unions said that their action was to protest the delay in the payment of the new minimum wage to the staff of Lagos State tertiary institutions by the state government.

 

The unions comprise: the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Non-Academic Staff of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU).

 

The unions told the management of LASU to resume duty at the Ministry of Education, Alausa, Lagos.

 

 

NAN reports that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had, during the 17th update on the management of the Coronavirus pandemic in Lagos State on Aug.29, asked the state-owned tertiary institutions to reopen on Sept. 14.

 

 

 

Also, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the N30,000  new National Minimum Wage Act into law, effective April 18, 2019, thus repealing the Minimum Wage Act of 2011.

The Chairman of ASUULASU chapter,

 

 

Dr Ibrahim Bakare, said that the school would remain shut if the new minimum wage was not paid to its staff.

 

 

Bakare said that the members of staff of all the tertiary institutions in Lagos State had resolved to prevent the institutions from reopening, if the state government did not begin to implement their minimum wage.

 

 

“On this issue, we have to comply with the directives of the joint tertiary institutions in Lagos State that, as from today, if the minimum wages of our members are not paid, then we will commence an indefinite strike.

 

 

“We believe that the state government will take the appropriate decision in terms of implementing the minimum wage and its arrears.

 

 

“Other workers from state parastatal agencies started enjoying the minimum wage increment 18 months ago. I do not understand why tertiary institutions should be an exemption.

 

 

“We had met with the Special Adviser to the Governor on Labour and with other education stakeholders. But, there seems to be no readiness to commence the implementation of the new minimum wage,” the ASUU chairman said.

 

 

Bakare said that their members hoped that the government would implement and start paying their minimum wage by the end of this month.

 

 

Mr Saheed Oseni, Chairman, SSANULASU Chapter, said that they shut down the school because they wanted the government to start the implementation of the new minimum wage.

 

Oseni said that they had continued working for 18 months since the implementation of the new minimum wage by the Federal Government; adding that they had not received anything from the state government.

 

 

“We thought the state government will do the needful but to our surprise the government is yet to commence the implementation of minimum wage.

 

 

“Other workers in the state have started receiving their minimum wages, yet we are all working for the same state.

 

 

“We are still getting the same salary as when a bag of rice was N7,000; and a dollar was N169 to a dollar.

 

 

 

“This is not just or fair, we want everybody to know that we have tried and waited long enough for the state government to implement the minimum wage,” he said.

 

 

Oseni added that it was the hard work and commitment of staff, which made LASU one of the best universities in the nation, adding that government needed to compensate them.

 

 

“The problem is not with our management but our government. The government needs to rise up and do the needful,” the SSANU chairman said.

Mr Moruf Sanni, Chairman, NASU, LASU chapter, threatened that even, if the staff and students stayed outside the school gate till the next day, they would not allow anybody to enter into the school premises.

 

 

Sanni said that government did not appreciate their services and work so they needed to acknowledge government’s actions with corresponding action of their own.

 

 

The Vice-Chancellor of LASU, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun (SAN), in his remarks  said that the issue would be resolved.

 

 

Fagbohun said that every state in the country was challenged due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic which had affected a lot of things, especially, the state’s finances.

 

 

“We will continue to dialogue with the unions until we are able to have an amicable resolution.

 

 

“We assure our students that there will not be any problem regarding resumption, LASU has resumed academic activities but we will resolve every issue with the unions,” the Vice-Chancellor said.

 

 

Abdulbasit Ashade, President of Lagos State Students Union, said that the management and unions had been sacrificing a lot in order for the students to be able to resume peacefully.

 

 

Ashade said that it was unfortunate that students got to the campus gate this morning to find that the unions were refusing students, staff and management access into the institution.

 

 

“We hope they will allow the students to have access to school because they should realise that students have stayed long enough in their homes.

 

 

“We need to start lectures and write our examinations very soon.

 

 

“We want the government to attend to the unions. Since the state government had implemented the new minimum wage for other categories of workers, they should also do the same in all tertiary institutions in the state,” he said.

 

 

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