ASSU Strike: FG, Union Fails To Reach Agreement
A meeting between the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Federal Government today has not been enough to get the union to suspend the industrial action it started on Monday, Channels TV has reported.
It, however, paved the way for further talks and both parties are expected to return to the negotiating table next week.
Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige and his counterpart at the Federal Ministry of Education Adamu Adamu met with the leadership of ASUU in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja with the aim of resolving the issues that led to the strike.
In declaring the strike, ASUU had accused the Federal Government of failing to honour agreements it reached with the union in 2009.
On Wednesday, the Education Minister admitted that the government failed to honour some of the agreements made. He was, however, hopeful that an agreement would be reached when both sides meet.
It was gathered that at today’s meeting, the Federal Government made an offer to ASUU and the union is expected to review the offer with its members.
After the meeting, both the Labour Minister and the union leaders were, however, reluctant to give details about the talks.
But the ASUU leadership said it would come back for another meeting next week after discussing the new offers with its members.