The Non Academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions (NASU), National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) have cautioned the Federal Government against taking a decision that favours ASUU members to the detriment of other workers.
A press statement signed by President of SSANU Samson Ugwoke, who doubles as spokesperson of NAAT, SSANU and NASU, sympathised and solidarised with ASUU but urged the federal government to build more confidence in governance at all times, by respecting agreements it freely entered into with unions.
However, the unions cautioned "that any settlement of the current dispute must take into account the interests of all universities based unions (NAAT, SSANU, NASU and ASUU). The three non-teaching staff unions of NAAT, SSANU and NASU are opposed to any extraneous demands by either ASUU or any group in the university which are prejudicial to the welfare of our members.
"Our stand is that government should jettison the so called ASUU's Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and concentrate on full implementation of the 2009 FGN/Unions' agreements which border on staff conditions of service and welfare as well as increased funding to universities."
Ugwoke said thus: "The MOU being referred to by ASUU is for their selfish end and it is bound to generate more crises in the university sub-sector. The non-teaching staff unions in the universities will stoutly resist any attempt to 'sell' the universities to ASUU.
"All university based unions signed agreements in 2009 with the government, it is therefore advisable that all contentious issues in all the agreements be settled holistically to avoid a 'relay race' in strike actions in the universities."
He warned that the "implementation of any union's MOU should not come in between the period of implementation of signed agreements rather such items in the MOU should wait to be re-negotiated in another agreement(s)."