The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has commenced consultations with all of its members to know whether to call – off or continue with its industrial action.
Its National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi confirmed this in an interview with newsmen on Saturday.
ASUU has been on strike since March this year to press home their demands.
A member of ASUU said all the branches, which are over 70, will participate in the decision to either call – off the strike or not.
Ogunyemi said: “We are consulting with our organs. When we have new information we will share it.
“We are reporting back to the government on Friday. That is when the consultation will end.”
Asked if the union would call off the strike before Friday’s meeting, Ogunyemi said:
“I don’t have the power to suspend the strike.”
The Federal Government on Friday agreed to ASUU’s demand to pay their members’ salary arrears from February to June through the old salary payment platform, pending when the university lecturers will complete the development of its own payment platform- the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
After weeks of negotiations and foot-dragging, cumulatively, the government, through the Accountant – General of the Federation, offered the lecturers N65 billion to call off their eight-month-old strike.
The government also shifted grounds on a number of issues, including the insistence that all the academic staff of the federal universities must be paid through the IPPIS platform, the IPPIS has been suspended by the FG and lecturers are to be paid using the previous payment platform.
The breakthrough in negotiations is expected to end the eight-month strike embarked on by the university lecturers.
Ogunyemi said that ASUU will need till Friday next week to meet with its organs before reverting to the government.
The meeting was therefore adjourned till next week, Friday.