BREAKING: ASUU Suspends 8-Month-Old Strike Conditionally
The Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) has suspended its eight-month-old industrial action conditionally.
The decision of the union to conditionally suspend the industrial was disclosed by a member, early Friday.
The union decided to suspend the strike during a meeting of its leadership that started on Thursday night and lasted into the early hours of Friday.
The Court of Appeal had ordered ASUU to suspend the strike before its appeal of the ruling ordering lecturers to resume work can be heard.
Members of the union’s National Executive Committee, which comprises the chairmen of the state chapters and members of the national executive, attended the meeting at the ASUU National Secretariat in Abuja.
While confirming the suspension to journalists, members of the committee said the committee would determine its next line of action especially on the Court of Appeal ruling last week.
The Appellate Court, had ruled that the union can only appeal the judgement of the National Industrial Court ordering it to suspend its strike, if it first calls of its strike.
President Muhammadu Buhari is also expected you release an official circular later today.
An official statement from the union is yet to released.
The meeting followed the intervention of the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, last week on the union to call off the eight-month-old strike and, most importantly, the ruling of the Court of Appeal for the union to call off the strike.
The Appeal Court had ordered the union to call off the strike while it continues discussions with the Federal Government.
Following the Appeal Court’s intervention, the union’s national executives agreed to meet to determine the next line of action.
The suspension of the strike is a product of the decision of the state branches to respect the court ruling and give room for discussions with the federal government to continue.
Meanwhile, it is no big news that ASUU had been on strike since February 14 this year.