The Nigeria Labour Congress has called on the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities to embrace collective bargaining.
The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said this at a conciliation meeting with Executive of ASUU, officials of the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders on Thursday in Abuja.
“It is a very important issue that ought to drive the process of our development because world over, there is no way progress can be made without quality education, that is the centrality of the issue.
“All of us are here with much more commitment to see that the issues are resolved and through our process of collective bargaining.
“It is very cardinal in addressing issues of industrial relations and when agreements are signed, we must find ways and means of implementing them and thereby minimising area of industrial activities.
“The expectation of all of us as Nigerians is that we will put these issues beyond us and then drive our process of development forward.
“So that all of us with open mind and very good will to see how these process can be resolved as it is a process that is time tested and we hope it will produce a win-win result situation for all,” he said.
Also, Sen. Chris Ngige said that the meeting was convened to resolve rough edges to enable the union call off its strike.
According to him, the strike is approaching one month and that it is adversely affecting the academic calendar of the universities.
Also, professor Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU president commended the ministers for the observations on the letters that were exchanged between the union and the government.
“We have conveyed the position and feeling of our members on the issues in contention via a letter dated August, 28 and we were also in receipt of government’s position in response to our letter,” he said.