ASUU Knocks State-Owned University Academic Union Over Comments on Collective Bargaining
……Says no threat will break the resolve of our members
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday advised the Committee of Pro-chancellors of State Owned Universities in Nigeria (COPSON) to stop playing to the gallery and learn from their counterparts in Federal Universities who are impressing it on government government to do the needful for public universities.
The Union in a release signed by the Convener, ASUU Rapid Response, Professor Ade Adejumo entitled “COPSON: Stoking the Blaze of Discord” stated that no amount of threats will make the Union stop fighting for quality education and welfare of her members.
The Union reacted to the communique issued at the end of the meeting of COPSON where they said government should enforce no work no pay and that the centrally agreed negotiations will not be binding on them to obey.
According to ASUU Boss, COPSON needs to understand that the principle of collective bargaining is sanctioned by the law.
Adejumo who knocks NOPSON for saying collectively agreed negotiations will not be binding on them asked them to explain “why have they not insisted that policies and directives of central regulatory bodies like JAMB, NUC and NYSC are not binding on them?”
Professor Adejumo maintained that “ASUU is one, a thousand communiques and threats from COPSON cannot break our ranks and iron resolve to see this struggle and any other one in the future to its successful end”.
ASUU asked the pro-chancellors to provide evidences where they have improved the salaries and welfare of their school but said pro-chancellors of state Universities “are always eager to run to Abuja to collect money from TETFUND which was brought into existence by ASUU, but only wonders whether some people’s consciences go on holiday when they sit down to make certain pronouncements.”
He said: “These indeed are grave moments. Ominous signs on the horizon for our education system. The latest assault on the university system in Nigeria is captured by the communique released by the committee of pro-chancellors of state Universities.
“The ” fatuwah” declared on the principle of collective bargaining by a duly registered Union like ASUU for its members is quite worrisome. If we may ask, what is the function of a Union if not to see to the welfare of its members?
“Why is COPSON fixated on the curious idea that centrally negotiated salaries by ASUU with government will not be binding on them when they have always been represented in such negotiations?
“Why have they not insisted that policies and directives of central regulatory bodies like JAMB, NUC and NYSC are not binding on them? Why is COPSON behaving like Chichidudu of Ayi Kwei Armah’s tale?
“For clarity, chichidudu is a bird that hates excreta with passion, but feeds on the maggots that grow out of fecal wastes. As pro-chancellors of state Universities, they are always eager to run to Abuja to collect money from TETFUND which was brought into existence by ASUU, but they hate the union with passion.
“One only wonders whether some people ‘s consciences go on holiday when they sit down to make certain pronouncements! If we may ask further, are the perks of office that most of these pro-chancellors enjoying not centrally determined?
“How many of them have gone out of their ways to offer the staff of their universities higher emoluments than the slave wages that academics in Nigeria are presently receiving? Myriad of questions begging for answers from our almighty COPSON.
”What is expected of COPSON at this critical junction is to borrow a leaf from their colleagues at the Federal Universities by calling on the government to do the needful to address issues in ASUU demands rather than stoking the embers of a simmering blaze aa they have done here.
“For their information, let it be stated here that ASUU is one, a thousand communiques and threats from COPSON cannot break our ranks and iron resolve to see this struggle and any other one in the future to its successful end,” the statement reads.