Trade Union Congress Threatens To Join ASUU In Solidarity Strike

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria TUC has frowned at what it described as the high level of condescending attitude exhibited by the Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu, by walking out of the discussion held with the representatives of the Nigerian students (NANS) while protesting the continued disagreement between the government and members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The one month strike action was called by ASUU in protest following the failure of the Federal Government to abide by all the agreement reached with the union years ago.

A statement personally signed by the President of TUC Quadri Olaleye said it was ridiculous that the Minister, a public officer rather than listen to the plight of the students and strive to intervene, rather walked out on them.

He said the action was discriminatory at a time when all hands should be on deck to resolve impasse between the Federal Government and ASUU, which requires to be redressed immediately.

The TUC President added that the minister of Education should be reminded that peaceful protest is a fundamental human right, most especially for students whose academic calendar continues to be distorted as a result of the multiple recurring strikes, occasioned by governments non-honoring of agreements.

While expressing solidarity with the University lecturers and their students in the struggle, the TUC boss said everything must be done to sort out the current disagreement within two weeks, to avoid a situation where the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria will embark on a solidarity strike with ASUU.

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