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Labour Strike: ASUU, FG Resume Talks

The Minister of Labour and Productivity Dr. Chris Ngige with the Executives of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ended in a deadlock last week.

The Minister is set to meet with ASUU executives today as they resume talks on how to end the ongoing industrial strike.

Organized Labour is due to resume their planned nationwide strike tomorrow. The strike action is due to the failure of the Federal Government (FG) to transmit their newly agreed Minimum Wage to the National Assembly for consideration and passage into law.

The ASUU strike started on November 5, 2018 with the failure of the FG to meet their demands.

The Union is accusing the government of not implementing the Memorandum of Action it signed, while several moves to make ASUU call off the strike were unsuccessful.

Today’s reconciliatory meeting with the Minister, according to a statement from the ministry’s Director of Press, Samuel Olowookere is expected to improve on the mileage attained so far at resolving all contending issues.

The ASUU meeting with the Minister ended abruptly with ASUU President, Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi, storming out of the meeting with other members of his team.

He has said it never happened.

Ngige admitted at the end of the meeting that “there are areas that are still outstanding which we are going to address.” At the commencement of the strike, Ogunyemi blamed the federal government and noted that all entreaties to honour its agreement with the union fell on deaf ears.

The minister’s meeting with Labour, including the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) was deadlocked last week.

Credit: Sun News Online

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