NASU warns FG against reneging on recent agreement
By Cyril Mbah, Abuja
The national leadership of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) has warned the federal government against any attempt to renege on the promises it made to the union based on the agreements reached recently which made the workers to suspend their strike action.
NASU national president, Dr Hassan Màgunu, in an exclusive interview in Abuja declared categorically that the association will not wait to give notice to the federal government before returning to another round of strike should the administration force the workers to do so due to failed promises.
“We are hopeful that the government will live up to expectation after the lengthy negotiations and agreements reached with government. It has been on record that on several occasions, the Federal Government reneged on agreements validly entered into with trade union organisations. On the 20th of October 2020, we entered into an agreement with government. Unfortunately, virtually nothing was implemented from the agreement. That was why we embarked on indefinite strike.
“Now that we have suspended the strike based on the fresh agreement we reached with government, we are expecting that the administration will be magnanimous enough to honour the agreement and fulfil its promises to the letter. We would not accept half measures at this moment but we are prepared to act decisively should what happened with the first agreement happen again.
“The government must remember that we only suspended the strike and it does not mean that we have called it off. If the situation on the ground shows that nothing has been done or is being done to address our grievances, then we resume our strike.”
Asked to advise the federal, state and local governments on their frosty relationship with workers at all levels, Dr. Magunu said: “We have been talking to governments over and over for a long time to make the people in leadership positions to understand that being sincere or honest with workers is one big step to peace and industrial harmony.
“After agreements have been reached, there should be no deceit but if there is any element of deceit, then workers would be compelled to act the only way necessary by going on strike.
“I want to personally appeal to the governments by stating that for harmony in the education sector, it is better not to renege on agreements validly entered into with trade unions.
“If we notice that a governor or minister or chairman wants to enter into an agreement with the aim of deceiving workers, such an attitude gives room for distrust. We are waiting on the government and observing to see how it reacts to the agreements reached recently which made us to suspend our strike. Government’s action will determine our next line of action,” he concluded.