The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has advised the Federal Government to respect the collective bargaining agreement it signed to end the current ASUU strike.
The Union made this known in its Easter message released yesterday in Abuja through its president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba.
According to the Union, the Federal Government should fulfil its side of the Collective Bargaining Agreements it signed with all the tertiary institutions’ unions.
Furthermore, it said the strike majorly affected children whose parents are poor. That cannot afford to put them in private universities.
“The inability of the government to deliver on commitments it reached with our university workers.
“Both academic and non-academic has ensured that the streak of instability battering and buffeting our tertiary education system remains unresolved.”
On Abuja-Kaduna Train Attack
NLC asked the federal government to effect the quick and safe release of victims of the Abuja-Kaduna train attack.
Furthermore, it demanded that government should compensate all those that lost their lives or sustained injuries in the incident.
On Power Sector Privatization Programme
Also, the union called on the government again to discard the Electric Power Sector privatization programme.
It said the programme has failed because Nigerians cannot enjoy low-cost and uninterrupted power supply.
On Minimum Wage
The labour movement showed its displeasure over the inability of some states to pay the new minimum wage.
The new minimum wage act was passed into law four years ago. It indicted Cross River, Zamfara, and Taraba states.
In addition, it said Nigerian pensioners don’t get their pension and gratuity arrears.
In its claim, the cost of living was going up because the naira kept losing its value but wages remain unchanged.
Furthermore, it stressed the need to pay decent wages to all workers including police, military, and para-military.
The union reflected on the events of the preceding weeks and regretted the increase in the rate of criminality.
As the ASUU strike lingers, students continue to hope for a resolution of all contending issues.