Vanguard (Lagos)

7 February 2013

Nigeria: ASSUSS Embarks On Strike Over Minimum Wage in Bauchi

Bauchi — The Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS), Bauchi State chapter, on Wednesday embarked on an indefinite strike.

The ASUSS Chairman, Malam Abdullahi Tanko, told newsmen at a press conference in Bauchi that the N18, 000 minimum wages was negotiated without their full consent.

He said the union wanted the government to immediately direct the appropriate authorities to work out the proper and legal negotiation on the minimum wage with the union.

"We are not part of the negotiation, while the person who represented the Trade Union Council (TUC) was not the chairman at the time.

"I was the state TUC Chairman at that time and I was not a party to the negotiation of the deal," he said.

He said that the State Government could not claim to be fair and just to civil servants on the negotiated minimum wage.

According to him, the work force in the state is the least paid in the geo-political zone.

He said part of their reason for going on the strike was that some of their members sent on compulsory retirement in 2012 were yet to receive their benefits.

He added that the decision to go on strike was taken after an emergency meeting of various Local Administrative Councils.

"At a meeting on Feb. 2, we resolved that all teachers in public secondary and primary schools in the state will go on strike," he said.

Other issues raised were the refund 5 per cent deducted from the leave grant of its members on grade level 14 and above.

Also, the union wanted all contract officers among its members to be offered permanent and pensionable appointments.

Another issue was that the government should respect seniority in appointing principals, vice principals and other key positions in schools. NAN

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