The leadership of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), AAUA Branch, today Wednesday 28th September 2016, met with the university administration. The meeting which lasted over two hours was presided over by the Vice Chancellor at the Vice Chancellors’ Boardroom
The Vice Chancellor commends both the union and Administration for the manner the on-going industrial action was being handled. He confirmed that the University had received two months (December 2015 and January 2016) subvention from the state government for the payments of salary of academic staff. The VC requested that the meeting should not be long, and that an MOU should be signed at the end of the meeting. He therefore called for the commitment of everyone to move the University forward. The Vice Chancellor proceeded that the University Administration will pay TWO MONTHS SALARY (May and June 2016 Net) and TWO MONTHS DEDUCTIONS (December 2015 and January 2016) and that the arrears will be defray on or before February 2017.
Responding, ASUU Chairperson reminded University Administration that the proposals the Union presented to the University Administration at the meeting of 22nd August 2016 were not discussed at all and he reminded University Administration that as at today 28th September 2016, members of the Union are being owed FIVE MONTHS salaries and TEN MONTHS deductions. The Chairperson, indicative of concessions in negotiation, therefore demanded the payment of minimum of THREE MONTHS salary and FIVE MONTHS DEDUCTIONS. He also demanded that the University Administration should come out clearly on:
1. How the outstanding salary arrears will be paid;
2. The modality for subsequent payments of members salary.
Responding, the Vice Chancellor appreciated the leadership of the Union for their sincerity by coming out clearly on the demands of the Union. He pleaded that the Union should take what is available now [TWO MONTHS SALARY (May and June 2016 Net) and TWO MONTHS DEDUCTIONS (December 2015 and January 2016)] and promised to put very serious pressure on the government for regular subvention to the University. He said the union will be adequately involved in the way subventions coming into the University are being utilized.
After exhaustive deliberations the following resolutions were agreed upon:
- That University Administration should put serious pressure on the state government to release subventions to the University promptly.
That University Administration and ASUU should mount pressure on government to fund the University appropriately
That University Administration and ASUU would work together on aggressive IGR drive to supplement funds from government
That the University Administration should do the needful by immediately pay two months salary (May and June 2016 Net) and two months deductions (December 2015 and January 2016).
That by the end of October 2016, University Administration will strive to pay another two months salary.
That payment of at least one month salary will be sustained with effect from November 2016.
That when the needful is done on the part of the University Administration the leadership of the Union will begin the process of calling congress meeting to appraise the offers of Administration.
Comrades, the leadership of our Union at this juncture, once again appreciates your doggedness and commitment to free ourselves from slavery and our collective resolve to carry on the struggle this far in ensuring that our entitlements are paid to us as well as upholding the principles of our Union.
This again has reminded us that a people united can never be defeated.
United we stand; divided we beg!
Dr. Sola Fayose
For and on behalf of ASUU-AAUA