By Frank Ikpefan, Abuja
Wednesday’s suspension of the protracted strike by Tutorial Employees Union of Universities (ASUU) won’t restore industrial concord in public varsities in spite of everything.
Three different unions of non-academic members of workers have rejected the sharing components adopted for the N40 billion authorized by the Federal Authorities as Earned Tutorial Allowance (EAA).
The unions are – the Senior Employees Affiliation of Nigeria Universities, (SSANU); Non-Tutorial Employees Union of Academic and Related Establishments (NASU) and the Nationwide Affiliation of Tutorial Technologists (NAAT).
They accused the federal government of allocating about 75 per cent of the N40 billion EAA to ASUU, leaving the three different unions with solely 25 per cent to share amongst their members.
The unions stated they won’t resume in January when universities reopen except the Federal Authorities corrected the “imbalance.”
Nationwide President of NAAT Ibeji Nwokomma stated anybody pondering that the non-teaching workers unions within the universities would resume with the latest growth was day-dreaming
Nwokoma argued that the discrepancy within the sharing of the N40 billion contradicts the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Federal authorities and NAAT on November 18 throughout a conciliatory assembly referred to as by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
Nwokoma stated: “My union is rejecting the sharing components of the Earned Allowances as it’s being finished by the federal government. Authorities has allotted 75 per cent to ASUU and 25 per cent to all different non-teaching unions within the universities. That is grossly insufficient.
“That’s robbing Peter to pay Paul and utilizing divide and rule within the college system. No union, not even ASUU, has the monopoly of opening or closing of colleges by strike. Different unions even have that capability to make sure that the system doesn’t work.
“Secondly, my union, ASUU and different unions negotiated with the federal government, so, cost of Earned Allowances shall be based mostly on unions, it needs to be on the premise of the 2009 Settlement; that’s the place the Earned Allowances is derived from. Lumping my union with different non – instructing workers is neither right here nor there and completely unacceptable to us.
“Now we have an MoU with the federal government simply signed on November 15, which says that authorities ought to clearly outline what ought to go to go to every union and authorities agreed that it was going to do this and in the present day they only shared the cash anyhow with out adhering to the MoU.
“My union is asking that our personal Earned Allowances needs to be specified, no matter it’s needs to be specified identical to they did to ASUU. If nothing is completed, we are going to shut down the system till we’re pretty handled.
He stated he was making efforts to get in contact with the Everlasting Secretary, Federal Ministry of Schooling, to attract the ministry’s consideration to the brewing disaster.
Nationwide President of SSANU, Comrade Mohammed Haruna Ibrahim, stated his union wouldn’t take the lopsided sharing components.
He stated, ” I imagine that this stays a hearsay although I do know it might be true, I’ve seen 75 per cent and 25 per cent.
“But when that’s it, we now have acknowledged in no unsure phrases that we’ll not take this type of lopsided allocations once more as a result of what’s the scientific measurement used to offer this cash. Now we have acknowledged prior to now that the least we are able to take is 50-50, they don’t seem to be extra in numbers.
“And even when they wish to do one thing like that perhaps that is my very own private opinion, I’ll not insist on 50-50 however at the least one thing affordable. Now we have so many numbers.
“If they provide for instance 60-40, do you suppose the noise shall be there? Authorities doesn’t need peace whether it is giving 75 per cent to just one union and giving 25 per cent to 3 unions, does it make sense?
“Actually, my members are greater than keen to down instruments if this turns into a actuality.”
The Federal Authorities has agreed to pay all withheld salaries of the Tutorial Employees Union of Universities (ASUU) members who had not enrolled within the Built-in Personnel and Payroll Info System (IPPIS) between December to January, 2021.
The federal government, by the Workplace of the Accountant – Basic of the Federation additionally agreed to launch the N40 billion as EAA by finish of this month.
It provided to launch N30 billion for revitalization of the schools as a part of one tranche of N220 billion on or earlier than January 31 2021, as an indication of dedication to the MoU it signed in 2013.
The federal government stated the withheld salaries could be paid in installment due to “particular administration of funds.”
It additionally agreed that every one members of ASUU who’ve been omitted from cost between February and June and from June to December shall be paid their salaries as quickly as their respective universities up to date their lists
The listing consists of these on sabbatical go away.
In keeping with the federal authorities, cost of test off dues of ASUU will begin by subsequent week.
These are among the agreements reached between the management of ASUU and the federal authorities staff led by Minister of Labour and Employment Dr. Chris Ngige at a gathering on Tuesday.
Asserting the suspension of the strike after its Nationwide Government Council (NEC) assembly on Wednesday, ASUU President Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi warned that the union would resume the strike with out discover ought to the federal government fail to implement the settlement as contained within the communique it signed at Tuesday’s assembly.
Ogunyemi stated: “On the premise of the fore-going, the NEC resolved that the present strike by the union needs to be suspended conditionally with impact from 12:01 am Thursday, 24, 2020.