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Two Weeks After ASUU, Lagos State University Threaten Strike Action

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Monday threatened to embark on another local strike over a 10-point demands by the institution.

Two weeks after the suspension of about six months strike by the national body of ASUU, LASU union say until their demands are met strike action is imminent.

At a press conference by Academic Staff Union of Universities, LASU chapter, Dr. Adekunle Idris said the demands are implementation of the universities Act 2012 (in LASU); downward review of the universities school fees; abolition of “no vacancy, no promotion” policy; regularisation of appointment exercise for members on temporary appointment; full payment of 17-month salary arrears.

Others include restructuring of courses in LASU to follow the submissions of faculties; immediate payment of Accrued Earned Allowances; provision of suitable and befitting university environment at all times, including restoration of internet facilities; stoppage of the purported outstanding PAYE tax liabilities planned to be deducted from staff members’ arrears of salaries; review of the deadline for the acquisition of PhD degree.

The leader said paying between N197,000 and N350,000 by students was against LASU Law 2004.

Part of the law read that the university was established to “provide access for citizens of Lagos State to higher education regardless of social status or income.”

“The union had held several meetings with top management officers of the university including the Chancellor, Dr. Molade Okoya-Thomas, board of trustees of LASU Alumni and Ad-hoc committee of the Lagos State Executive Council on the demands.”

“The congress mandates the ASUU-LASU executive committee to continue to explore possible avenues and platforms to sustain the dialogue aimed at resolving all contending local issues. The committee is mandated to inform ASUU national of developments in LASU including the possibility of declaring an industrial action in LASU, in case the dialogue being undertaken fails.

“Where the dialogue fails, ASUU-LASU executive committee is mandated to put in motion the due process for commencement of a local industrial action in LASU. Early January 2014, congress will reconvene to review what has been achieved out of our demands and take decisions on the next lines if action with respect to those yet to be achieved.”

He appealed to Lagos State Government, LASU governing council and management to “look into the burning issues in LASU comprehensively now and forestall the looming crisis in the university,”

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