The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called a statewide strike in solidarity with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)’s scheduled strike starting on Wednesday, August 2nd.
Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, President of ASUU, confirmed this. After meeting with the federal government on Monday, the Nigeria Labour Congress announced that the planned strike will go ahead as planned.
The release of the 8-monthly withholding salary of university lecturers and workers under the administration of Ex-President Muhammadu Buhari is one of the NLC’s demands.
In response, Osodeke stated that ASUU is already talking with its members on the topic, but that the union is a member of the NLC and will thus participate in the group’s scheduled strike.
“We are still consulting with our members, but we are members of NLC so it is definite. If NLC says there will be a demonstration, we are members with them so we will join,” he said.
The federal government and the NLC met on Monday to resume talks but were unable to reach an agreement.
Following the discussion, the unions, which included the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), confirmed that the planned strike will take place.
The NLC also stated that it would launch a “national action” to persuade the government to reverse recent policies such as the hike in fuel prices and the increase in VAT.