Factional university union, the Congress of Nigerian University Academics (CONUA) on Tuesday dissociated itself from the ongoing nationwide strike declared by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).
Recall that IdanNews had earlier reported that ASUU had issued a directive to all its members and affiliates to join the strike declared by NLC and the TUC on Monday.
Meanwhile the National Coordinator of CONUA, Niyi Sunmonu, on Channels TV’s programme, Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, said members of the newly established union are not going to be part of the strike and will continue teaching students if they decide to go back to class.
“CONUA as an organization has not been on strike; there has been no time for a strike to be declared. Well, ASUU is an independent union and what it does has no bearing over other unions just like two different human beings. We have not been on strike and we are not on strike,” Sunmonu said.
“We stopped teaching when students were asked to vacate campuses. We hope universities will open and we can go back to teaching.
“The formation of CONUA is not based on strike action declared by our sister union (ASUU). We have not been on strike, we are ready to work if students are back on campuses.
“As at the moment, the TUC with whom CONUA submitted an affiliation request has not communicated this position on strike action to it.
“Distinguished comrades should therefore note that CONUA cannot be part of the strike action that is not communicated to it. In addition, the affiliation process with the TUC has not been officially established,” Sunmonu stated.