The University of Benin branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has declared total support for the ongoing industrial strike action by organized labour.
This is coming barely 48 hours after the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) directed all her affliate unions to comply and go on strike.
The call for the warning strike was contained in a circular released on Tuesday morning by the General Secretary of the NLC, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson.
The strike, according to the circular, takes effect from midnight of September 26, 2018. All Industrial Unions and State Councils were advised to commence mobilisation immediately for an effective strike action nationwide.
The organized labour are on strike over the non-implementation of the new minimum wage by the Federal Government. The new minimum wage, when implemented, will see the current N18,000 minimum wage skyrocket to about N50,000.
Speaking in an interview with CAMPUS GIST, Chairman of the University of Benin branch of ASUU, Prof. Julius Iyasele said the union has decided to join forces with NLC to demand for total implementation of the new minimum wage.
“We have joined forces with NLC. ASUU is an affiliate member of NLC, so we are on strike.”
When asked if the strike would affect the ongoing second semester examinations in the university, the union boss said, “Second semester exams is definitely put on hold. If any department goes ahead with exams and some students complying with the strike misses it, the department will organise another for them.”
Speaking on plans for departments that might flout the ‘stay away from exams’ directive, Prof. Iyasele said, “No department will dare it. Such results will not go through Senate for consideration. It is also a matter for litigation. The students will always win if at all.”
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