Lagos State Government on Saturday pleaded to striking LASU workers to embrace dialogue instead of continuing with their industrial action, which it described as an unnecessary drawback for its spirited efforts to boost the academic standing and reputation of the institution.
While explaining its stance on the various issues raised by the lecturers, the State Government said the strike is a crude attempt to force new terms and conditions of service on the university without due regard to their practical feasibility or the State Government’s interests and perspectives as employer of labour, proprietor and sponsor of the university.
A statement signed by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba, and released to The schoolwatch.com.ng said, “the striking members of the local branch of Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) appeared to be whipping up sentiments to justify a premeditated industrial action, as all the points they advanced could not even be properly classified as trade disputes that could warrant an “Indefinite Strike Action.”
The lecturers’ union executives, according to him, have in an attempt to rush out on strike, evaded all attempts to make them follow due process and engage in reasoned dialogue as regards the issues raised, most of which, he said, were not at all contemplated by the terms and conditions of the lecturers’ employment as well as it’s financial and academic plan.
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