Though it just resumed work following a six-months-long strike, the Lagos State University (LASU) chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU-LASU, is set to embark on another round of strikes.
The lecturers are unhappy over a number of long-standing issues they say the school’s administration has failed to address.
This was part of decisions reached during the ASUU-LASU congress which was monitored by City Voice during the week. Chairman of the union, Dr. Adekunle Idris, admitted that the strike will be harmful and that all other options are being explored to avoid the strike.
According to him, the zonal and national leaders of the Union have been invited to participate in the negotiations with the school authority. The lecturers also agreed to engage top personalities in Lagos to intervene in their dispute.
Idris noted that the national strike was successful because “LASU will get a total of N2.6billion from the N200billion revitalisation fund released by the federal government. If strike is the only language understood by those in authority, then we are left with no choice but to use it,” he said.
Part of the demands by ASUU LASU is the implementation of the reformed retirement law, which allows academic staff to retire at 70-year old.
According to Idris, LASU is the only state university that has not implemented the law, yet Lagos state judges benefit from a similar law passed by the federal government. Other demands are an end to the ‘No Vacany No Promotion’ policy of the school; payment of the 17-month salary arrears; downward review of LASU school fees; regularization of appointment exercise for academic staff members on temporary appointment and recall of all academic staff on temporary appointments that were recently disengaged.
Others are: restructuring of courses in LASU to follow the submissions of faculties; review of the deadline for acquisition of PhD degree and provision of suitable and befitting university environment.