The details of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) meeting with the federal government on Thursday have emerged.
ASUU, SSANU, NASU and NAAT after the meeting rejected the plea to back down from thier ongoing strike.
The union, which met with Federal Government officials at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, on Thursday night, maintained its stance on the industrial action.
ASUU had, on Monday, extended its roll-over strike which started on February 14 by another 12 weeks.
Its demands include the funding of the revitalisation of public universities, the Earned Academic Allowances, the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) and promotion arrears.
Others are the renegotiation of 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement and the inconsistency in Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System.
Although ASUU President refused to speak to journalists on the outcome of the meeting, one of the union members said that there was nothing new except that the government team wanted them to call off the strike which they rejected.
According to him, “There was nothing on ground for us to consider. We are not stopping the strike untill something concrete is done.”
The Minister of Labour and Employment Senator Chris Ngige while addressing journalists after the meeting however 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”.