The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has stated that it rejected Federal Government’s plea to stop the current strike conditionally, retaining its position on the industrial action.
The Union stated this in statements late Thursday evening and on Friday am
This comes as ASUU and the FG began discussions on Thursday night after President Muhammadu Buhari authorized his Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari and the Minister for Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige to head the FG’s team.
ASUU this morning stated that it rejected Federal Government’s offer to suspend the strike conditionally.
One of the union members said that there was “nothing new except that the government team wanted them to call off the strike for a period of time which they rejected.”
Meanwhile, the Minister of Labour and Employment Senator Chris Ngige who spoke to journalists after the meeting claimed the negotiations were fruitful.
He said: “We have reached some agreements and we hope that by next week, those agreements will be maturing and the different unions will have something to tell their members, so that they can call off the strike.
“We have put some timelines for some aspects like renegotiation of 2009 agreement in terms of condition of service and wage review. So, we are hopeful that by next weekend, the unions will see a conclusion of that area”.