The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has started a Nationwide consultation from its members over possible industrial action.
ASUU President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke stated this at the Federal Umiversity of Technology, Minna Niger State, at the start of the consultation
The union said the consultation is necessary to know the next line of action, citing the failure of federal government to implement certain agreements.
The ASUU President said the Federal Government has not implemented all the agreements it reached with the organised labour, particularly ASUU, since the inauguration of the administration of President Bola Tinubu in May 2023.
Osodeke said the nationwide consultation with members of different branches is for the union to take a decision on the next line of action later in the month of February.
Osodeke expressed regrets that despite the gentlemen agreement between the union and the Federal Government, no dime had been paid to its members, thereby creating unnecessary hardship for their families.
He noted that the National Executive Council (NEC) is presently engaged in nationwide consultations with union branches to decide on the next steps after the upcoming NEC meeting later this month.
In his words: “Well, none has been implemented. On the issue of wage award and the issue of seven and half salary arrears, I can tell you that nothing has been implemented. In fact, as I am talking to you now, none of our members has been paid.”
Regarding the possibility of initiating industrial action to emphasize their demands, the ASUU president stated that the association would present the suggestions gathered during nationwide consultations at the NEC meeting and take appropriate action.
Speaking on the association’s next line of action, Professor Osodeke said, “That is why we have come to see our members and we are seeking their views about the next line of action which we are taking to our NEC meeting in February ( this month). And at the NEC meeting we are going to take a decision”, he noted.