..Says it’s illegal, ill-timed
By Suzan Edeh
Bauchi—The Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools, ASUSS, in Bauchi State has dissociated itself from the ongoing strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, describing it as illegal, misguided, and ill-timed.
Civil servants in the state had Wednesday, embarked on an indefinite strike over alleged non-payment of their two months salaries.
However, the Chairman of the association, Mohammed Jahum, who reacted to the directive by labour to close down secondary schools in the state in compliance with the strike, said there was no basis for the organized labour to keep teachers and students at home in order to press home its demands, as according to him, the strike was disrupting academic activities in secondary schools, especially now that senior secondary students were writing their examinations.
“I see this industrial action by labour as unconstitutional, illegal and ill-timed because of the events that led to the strike. The workers’ agitations over the payment of their two months salary does not warrant going on a strike as they could explore other legitimate means such as dialogue in resolving this salary issue.
“Secondly, for the union to go about locking government offices and closing down schools is uncalled for. The timing of the strike is very wrong because the outgoing administration has less than three weeks to make its exit. So why is the union disrupting official duties in the state to press home its demands?,” he said.
Jahum then directed principals of secondary schools in the state to re open for normal academic activities, stressing that the association was not part of the industrial action in the state.
Reacting, the state NLC Chairman, Hashimu Gital said the strike was binding on all workers on the payroll of the state, hence any association that disobeyed the union’s directive would be sanctioned.