ASUU Condemns Sack Of Lecturers, Stoppage Of Union Dues By Kaduna Govt

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Kaduna State University, KASU chapter, has kicked against the sack of 16 lecturers and two non-academic staff of the university by the state government.

The 18 staff were sacked for participating in the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC’s five-day warning strike in the state, between May 17 and May 19.

The chairman of the union, Peter Adamu, who stated this in a statement in Kaduna on Monday, described the action as illegal.

Mr Adamu said that the illegal attempt to dismiss the 18 staff contravened the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, signed between the labour Union and Kaduna State Government, on May 20.

He said the MoU explicitly states that no worker shall be victimised for participating in the industrial action.

Mr Adamu added that the purported sack was a “gross violation” of the MoU by the Kaduna State Government.

He explained that the sack was announced by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Muhammad Tanko, during the 16th Congregation of the KASU, held on June 2.

“Evidence of the purported action by the university is also contained in a Memo (KASU/REG/061/VOL 1/446) from the university management to Gov. Nasir El-Rufai, through the Commissioner for Education and dated May 20.

“However, the 18 affected members of staff neither received queries nor faced any disciplinary committee, as claimed by the university management in the memo.

“The claim is false and baseless with no evidence to show,” he said.

Mr Adamu added that the memo by the vice chancellor also mandated the office of the Accountant General of Kaduna State, to stop remitting the check-off dues of the union.

This, according to him, is against the Trade Unions (Amendment) Act NO. 17 of 2005, that clearly explains Check-off Dues, to be statutorily permitted deductions.

“The Trade Unions Act recognises Check-off Dues as compulsory and automatic for members and does not rely on the pleasure of an employer.

“In spite of the provisions of the laws, the government of Kaduna State and management of KASU illegally, concocted and instituted the purported sack of the staff and stoppage of Check-off Dues.

“This is done without recourse to the University Laws and relevant national and international labour laws,” he said

The chairman condemned the act and called on the university’s management to rescind its decision.

The Vice-Chancellor had in the letter to El-Rufai, identified 16 Academic staff and two non-academic staff, that participated fully in the NLC strike action.

Daily Nigerian

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