The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, of the Lagos State University, LASU, has called off its six weeks old strike.
The lecturers, in a letter to the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of LASU, said the congress of the ASUU, LASU branch met on Monday and reviewed the strike it started on 20 May, 2014 and decided to suspend the strike.
The letter signed by ASUU Chairman, LASU, Dr. Kunle Idris, said after serious deliberation on the Governing Council’s letter, the congress agreed to suspend the strike in the interest of all.
The letter reads: “The Congress of ASUU LASU met today Monday, July 14, 2014 and reviewed the strike action it embarked upon on May 20, 2014. After exhaustive deliberation on the Governing Council’s letter of July 11, 2014, the Congress took some decisions.
“The Congress suspended the strike action but resolved that discussions on the outstanding issues identified by members should be continued by the executive members. Congress believes that the letter and spirit of the resolutions reached with the university administration and the University Appointments and Promotions (Academic) Committee; and of the Governing Council shall hold.
“This letter, therefore, serves to notify the Governing Council and the University Administration that the Academic Staff of LASU has effective from 15;00 hours, Monday, July 14, 2014 resumed the teaching aspect of their duties.”
The letter was copied the Governor and Visitor, LASU; Commissioner for Education, Lagos State; Commissioner for Establishmen, Training and Pensions; Chairman, House Committee on Education; Special Adviser on Education, Lagos State; Chancellor, LASU; all members of the Governing Council, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic); Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Admin), Deans of Faculties, ASUU President, ASUU Legal Team and ASUU Zonal Coordinator (Ibadan Zone).
Before the suspension of the strike, ASUU had met with the management of the chool on 2 July in which some resolutions were reached.
The parties at the meeting agreed that in the area of promotion, it is an ongoing exercise, and any academic staff meriting promotion, shall be so promoted, following established procedures.
The meeting noted that some of the outstanding promotion cases had earlier been taken and that all other outstanding cases of promotion should be forwarded to the University Appointments and Promotions (Academic) Committee according to established procedures.
They also agreed that academic staff who were found promotable but not recommended for promotion by the University Appointments and Promotions (Academic) Committee due to lack of vacancy will have their cases revisited, adding that there was the need to expedite action on the directive of the University Appointments and Promotions (Academic) Committee to all Heads of Departments and Deans, to come up with academic positions needed in various academic disciplines.
On the University Miscellaneous Provision Act 2012, the meeting resolved that this is not within the purview of Management. ASUU-LASU maintained, however, that the issue of retirement age is within the purview of the Governing Council and that the Miscellaneous Act (2012) which stipulates the new retirement age is contained in the ASUU/FGN Agreement of 2009, which the Lagos State Government has agreed to implement by an Agreement reached with the Staff Unions on 31/12/2010.
The meeting also resolved that as a result of the industrial action, nobody shall be victimised on the basis of his/her involvement in the strike action.
In reaching this understanding, the university authorities and ASUU-LASU took due cognisance of the interest of the students, parents, guardians, general public and the image of the university.
The resolutions at the meeting were signed by the Vice Chancellor, LASU, Prof. John Obafunwa and the ASUU LASU Chairman, Kunle Idris.