ASUU-LASU Raises Alarm Over Workers’ Conditions Of Service

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Lagos State University (LASU) Chapter, on Wednesday warned the management against changing workers’ conditions of service.

Its Chairman, Dr Adekunle Idris, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that chapter three of the condition of service on staff promotion and salary increment had been altered.

He expressed the union’s displeasure with the contents of the altered chapter three of the condition of service submitted by the Vice-Chancellor to the Council Statutory members on April 30.

He accused the management of “smuggling’’ the “no vacancy, no promotion policy’’ into the chapter.

“Chapter 1b (i) of the new condition of service states, “promotion is not a right, but a privilege’’

“Chapter b (ii) states that promotion shall be to an established post only, a post for which provision has been approved in the budget exercise as approved by the relevant agencies of government, ’’ Idris quotes from the document.

The ASUU chairman said the position of the union during the compilation of the conditions of service was at variance with what was presented.

According to Idris, the decision of the management erodes the autonomy of the university and also strips deans of faculties and heads of departments of their responsibilities.

“Approval for promotion in the university is a responsibility of the deans and heads of faculties and departments and not that of an agency of government as stated,” he said.

Idris said the steps taken so far had also took away the status of the university as a public institution and brought it under the Civil Service Commission.

Contacted for comments, the university’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Kayode Sutton, said he was not aware of the faceoff between ASUU and the management on workers’ condition of service. (NAN)