Unilorin: ASUU slams Buhari regime over half salaries ‘casualisation’; The University of Ilorin (Unilorin) chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has denounced the “casualization of intellectual workers” in Nigeria.
Half salaries allegedly paid by the government to union members for October were termed as inappropriate and would be contested by the union by Rasheed Adeoye, the former ASUU chairman at the university.
“As a law-abiding union, we have complied with the court’s order to return to our duty stations while the main issue is being heard.
To our utter dismay, the administration chose to pay our members half their salary for the month of October 2022 after the shutdown was resumed. “This development is intolerable, and our union would fight against it.”
The truth is that academics are not hourly laborers, he continued. The law of the land is crystal clear on this as well; in fact, the National Industrial Court ruled in 2020 that tenured personnel cannot be paid pro rata.
The union’s secretary, Olatunji Abdulganiyu, declared that ASUU will react to the controversial policy appropriately and threatened to forsake the work that had accumulated during the time the government had “falsely claimed that our members had not worked.”
“Members of the public are hereby sensitized and put on notice once more that a fresh catastrophe, which would surpass all previous ones, is impending again in Nigerian Universities,” Mr. Abdulganiyu said in his explanation. Our people cannot and will not continue to perform unpaid work for no pay.
In order to prevent the delicate calm that had been restored on all of our campuses from collapsing, he hoped that the notice, pertinent stakeholders, “who have the ears of the government,” would move quickly.