Strike: ASUU, FG to resume negotiation Friday

The federal government on Friday, will continue negotiations with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to put an end to the over eight-month-old strike action.

ASUU embarked on a nationwide strike on March 23 to demand “revitalisation allowance”, earned academic allowances, renegotiation of the 2009 agreement, visitation panels, among other demands.

To find a common ground in tackling corruption, the union proposed the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) as a replacement for the controversial Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information (IPPIS), which is now at the final stage of integrity test.

ASUU president, Biodun Ogunyemi, said what had stalled the discussion was the government insisting that payment of the withheld salaries and other entitlements of lecturers would only be effected through IPPIS.

Before the government introduced IPPIS to the union last year, the universities lecturers were receiving their pay through the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS).

However, the union members said the federal government should continue paying through GIFMIS until UTAS is ready for use.

The Labour Minister, Chris Ngige, on November 4 said the government team is going back to their principals and “the union will receive via me the irreducible minimum of what the federal government has to offer,” and ”the conciliation meeting will reconvene on Friday to agree on government’s final position.”

ASUU and FG will meet again tomorrow 
Time: 2PM
Venue: Min of Labour conference hall meeting.
Agenda:To End strike Or Not 
Guest: Min of Education, AGF, Minister of Labour 1&2, Delegate of ASUU, NITDA.

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