We established CONUA, NAMDA to unbundle ASUU, NARD – Labour Minister, Ngige

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Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has presented certificates of registration to the Congress of University Academics (CONUA) and National Association of Medical and Dental Academics( NAMDA), adducing that both unions came into being to unbundle the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

 

He made the presentation on Tuesday in his office, where he noted that both unions have been officially gazetted, hence entitled to all labour rights as enshrined in the International Trade Unions’ constitution.

 

Ngige also noted that the alleged lack of democracy, transparency and failure to render a proper account of check-off dues by ASUU culminated in grievances that spurred the Federal Government to consider the registration of CONUA.

 

He said the gazetting and certificate presentation were in conformity with section 3:2 of the International Trade Union policy.

 

His words, “Trade unionism is for workers and employers of labour to organise themselves and it is a voluntary act.

 

“Prior to 2020 CONUA had approached the Ministry complaining of lack of democracy, and transparency in the leadership of ASUU, especially in rendering proper account of their check-up dues remitted from the government.

 

“Based on these grievances the Ministry decided to register the members of CONUA to operate as a full-fledged union for which we have issued a certificate of registration and gazetting which is part of section 3:2 of the ITU.

 

“Unbundling is not new, the Nigerian Union of Pensioners, NEPA and NNPC has been unbundled”.

 

Meanwhile, Dr Niyi Sunmonu, President of CONUA alleged that the high-handedness of ASUU’s leadership gave birth to the Association, stressing that the era of incessant strikes in the university system was over.

 

He, however, protested the continued remittance of her member’s check-up dues to ASUU, praying the Minister of Labour to intervene to reverse the trend going forward.

 

Recall that even though ASUU recently suspended its eight months strike over alleged discrepancies in welfare and other remunerations, the body has maintained its differences with the Federal Government.

 

A recent case in point was the payment of half salaries to the ASUU members shortly after they suspended their strike. The development led to another round of disagreements between both stakeholders.

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