People Prosecuting Local Strike At LASU Are Not From Us - ASUU - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

People Prosecuting Local Strike At LASU Are Not From Us - ASUU



The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday distanced itself from the  purported local strike at the Lagos State University(LASU), Ojo, declaring that those behind it do not represent the union.

The Coordinator of Lagos Zone of ASUU comprising public universities in Lagos and Ogun State, Prof. Olusiji Sowande, who made this known to The Daily Crucible in a release, described those behind the LASU internal strike over wages as "imposters."

Olusiji said the industrial action embarked upon over wages by people using the Union's name 
in LASU is "laughable," warned that the impostors were doing so to achieve  opportunistic goals and possibly gain legitimacy with the Lagos State.

He noted that ASUU has been on a total, comprehensive and indefinite national strike occasioned by the Federal Government's failure to implement the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement, the 2019 Memorandum of Action as well as forceful migration of our members in public Federal Universities to the highly problematic and illegal Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS). 

He explained that there are procedure for declaring local strike which were not followed by the impostors at LASU, declaring that those  claiming to be prosecuting the laughable strike are unknown to any structure of ASUU.

He said: "The zone got a report of a purported local strike action in Lagos State University (LASU), where a handful of academics claiming to represent ASUU-LASU have embarked on an industrial action in concert with other 
staff Unions 'in respect of payment of new minimum wage for higher 
education institutions in Lagos State.'

" It is no longer news that our Union has been on a total, comprehensive and indefinite strike occasioned by 
the Federal Government's failure to implement the 2009 FGN/ASUU 
Agreement, the 2019 Memorandum of Action as well as forceful migration of our members in public Federal Universities to the highly problematic and illegal Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS). 

"It is therefore amusing that a group parading themselves as ASUU-LASU Executive under the leadership of one Dr Ibrahim Bakare, declared a local 
strike in the name of our Union, ASUU, on matters related to wages.

"If our Union is not on national strike, there are laid down procedures for the declaration of strike at the local level. The issue(s) must have been 
processed at the Branch, through the Zone and up to the National 
Executive Council (NEC). 

"The NEC approval of the Branch request for industrial action is a categorical imperative. Afterwards, the Branch has to give the mandatory 21 days, followed by the 14 days and the 7 days notices before the activation of the industrial action

"Therefore, those claiming to be prosecuting the laughable strike in LASU are unknown to any structure of our Union. The general public should please note that they are a bunch of impostors using the good name of ASUU to achieve 
their opportunistic goals and possibly gain legitimacy with Lagos State"

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