ASUU threatens strike at University of Ibadan over pension, tax deductions
The University of Ibadan (UI) chapter of the national lecturers’ association has demanded an immediate reversal of alleged illegal pension and tax deductions.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the institution, in a letter entitled “Illegal pension deductions and tax regime” signed by its Chairman, Dr. Deji Omole and addressed to the pro-chancellor/chairman of council, lamented the unilateral decision of the school management, warning that failure to reverse its actions may lead to anarchy.
Omole said: “It is worrisome that the ‘retrogressive changes which have been communicated to finance officers of faculties and college of medicine was done without consultation or any form of input from the unions, particularly given that no change in the extant legislations governing pensions and tax administration has been effected.
“The congress of the union frowned at the development and asked that the university administration should cause a reversal of all actions taken on this matter and others that it plans to take. Failure to cause a reversal of this unpopular and condemnable action shall be seen as an invitation to anarchy and labour unrest on campus.”
The union chairman, who said the action of the university’s management was an affront and an infraction of the law governing pensions administration, dismissed it as null and void.
In a related matter, the union also asked the vice chancellor, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, to commence immediate payment of promotion arrears of its members, with some accumulating since 2010.
A letter, which he jointly signed with the secretary, Dr. Peter Olapegba, read in part: “Congress noted that its members whose promotions were announced since 2015 (with retroactive effect from 2010, 2011, 2012) have not been paid their promotion arrears. This situation is not acceptable to the union and it is seen as a compromise of members’ welfare which the union exists to protect.”
The union, therefore, urged the management to commence the payment of promotion arrears of members, warning that it may be forced to declare a strike if it fails to adhere to its demands.