The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to rescind its decision to embark on a nationwide warning strike from Wednesday.
The Minister said in a statement Tuesday night that the union should give the Buhari administration an opportunity to discuss all contending issues arising from the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) it reached with the past administration.
The Minister however said that “the claims of nationwide consultations by ASUU cannot be true as the Ministry of Labour and Employment which is the chief conciliator of industrial relations disputes is yet to receive a direct petition from ASUU against the Federal Government who is the jurisdictional employer”.
The statement signed by the Deputy Director Press, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Samuel Olowokere emphasized the need for proper re-negotiation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement which ASUU reached with the previous administrations through a clear channel of social dialogue, starting with its immediate employer, the Ministry of Education, and the Labour Ministry.
It explained that in view of the prevailing circumstances, the issuance of warning strike by ASUU was unconstitutional as the body was yet to exhaust the conflict resolution mechanisms clearly mapped out in the labour laws.
The Minister therefore appealed to ASUU to give the present administration the opportunity to fully address its grievances which stemmed from the inactions of the past administration.