Another round of strike action is about to go down as Academic Staff Union of Universities counts down to the deadline for the implementation of agreements reached with the government which led to the conditional suspension of its indefinite strike action in September.
The government had signed an agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities as a result of the strike action embarked upon by the union to press home the implementation of the memorandum of understanding entered into between both parties in 2013 as well as the 2009 agreement.
A timeline of October 2017 was reached between the government and the unions for the implementation of some parts of the agreement especially the payment of shortfall in salaries and Academic Allowances.
Some lecturers kept the Nation abreast of the fact that barely one week to the end of the October timeline, the government has not fulfilled any part of the agreement even when they claimed during negotiation that implementation has commenced.
While suspending their strike action in September, ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi had said that the union was suspending its action conditionally to pave way for government to commence implementation of the agreement and underscored that the union will not hesitate to resume the action if the government fail to meet its own aspect of the agreement.However,Prof Biodun Ogunyemi refused to say whether or not the union will call out its members at the end of October if the level of implementation of the agreement go down badly.
He said both parties were making progress in the implementation of the memorandum of agreement signed between them, adding that the union is still engaging the government and expressed the hope that the government will not eat their words.