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ASUU threatens strike over 11 months unpaid salaries

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The UnUnionUnion”f Universities of Academic Personnel, ASUU, the chapter of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, has issued a 10-day ultimatum to the university administration to pay the salaries of its members or face an industrial crisis.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that the threat was contained in a congressional resolution signed jointly by the president of ASUU LAUTECH, Dr. Biodun Olaniran, and his secretary, Dr. Toyin Abegunrin, made available to the journalists in Ibadan on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the union said it could resort to a strike at the expiration of the ultimatum given on November 15, if the University administration does not pay.

The statement also added: “Members of the University’s academic staff are owed 11 cumulative months.

“The union after deliberating during the congress also threatened to retain the results of the rain semester of the 2018/2019 academic session until wages are paid.”

According to the Union, LAUTECH academics deserve to be paid their earned wages without begging.

“The UnionUnion grants the administration of the university until Friday, November 15, 2019, to pay the salaries for August, September, and October 2019.

“Otherwise, the UnionUnion will hold a Congress on Monday, November 18, 2019, where the necessary measures deemed appropriate will be taken.

“The results of the rain semester of the 2018/2019 academic session will not be sent until such salaries are paid,” said the UnionUnion.

It was deduced that Prof. Michael Ologunde, Vice-Chancellor of LAUTECH, had attributed the lack of payment of wages to the non-release of the subsidy to the institution by the owner states.

ASUU argued that the welfare of its members remained paramount in their demands and would do everything in its power to avoid exposing members to undeserved economic difficulties.