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LASU Lecturers Suspend 6 Weeks Strike

Lecturers of the Lagos State University (LASU) have suspended their six weeks strike which it embarked upon to demand improved working conditions from the school management and the Lagos State Government.

lasu_nui1_0The Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) of LASU decided to suspend the strike at its congress held on Monday.

In a letter addressed to the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the school, the lecturers said they decided to suspend the strike as what they demanded were being worked upon by the management of the school.

The letter signed by ASUU Chairman, LASU, Dr. Kunle Idris said the congress met on Monday and reviewed the strike it embarked upon on May 20, 2014 and decided to suspend the strike.

The letter reads:

“After exhaustive deliberation on the Governing Council’s letter ref: LASU/PRO-CHAN/ASUU/31 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 Exco.

“Congress believes that the letters and spirit of the Resolutions reached with the University Administration and the University Appointments and Promotions (Acad) 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 have effective 1500 hours Monday, July 14, 2014 resumed the teaching aspect of their duties.”

Receiving copies of the letter are: The Governor and Visitor, LASU; Commissioner for Education, Lagos State; Commissioner for Establishment, 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 (Acad); Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Admin), Deans of Faculties, ASUU President, ASUU Legal Team and ASUU Zonal Coordinator (Ibadan Zone).

At a meeting held on July 2, 2014 between the lecturers and the school’s management, certain resolutions were arrived at, such as the school fees issue in which ASUU contended that despite the review by the state government, the fee was still too high and pressed for further downward review of the fees.

In the area of promotion, the meeting agreed that promotion is an ongoing exercise, and that any academic staff meriting promotion, shall be so promoted, following established procedures.

The meeting also noted 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.

ASUU-LASU observed that the effective date of promotion for the 2012/2013 promotion exercise was fixed for May 7, 2014 by the University Governing Council and that in view of this, it then requested the Governing Council that the effective date of promotion for the 2012/2013 promotion cycle and subsequent ones should be effective from October 1 of the assessment year in line with the provision in the subsisting Conditions of Service.

The meeting resolved that as a result of the industrial action, nobody shall be victimized on the basis of his/her involvement in the strike action and that in reaching this understanding, the University authorities and ASUU-LASU took due cognizance of the interest of our students, parents, guardians, general public and the image of the University.


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