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NASU JAF Oyo chapter faults MOU on minimum wage negotiation 

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 Akinwale Aboluwade
The Joint Action Forum, (JAF) of the Non-Academic Staff Union, (NASU) of Educational and Associated Institutions of the six state-owned institutions in Oyo State on Sunday faulted the actions of the Joint Action Committee, JAC on the agreement that it reached with the state government on the implementation of the new minimum wage and the Consequential Adjustment Preamble.
According to the communique made available to journalists on Sunday in Ibadan by the Secretary, NASU JAF, Oyeniji Oyewale, titled, ‘The purported MOU signed between the Oyo State Government and JAC on the implementation of the new minimum wage and Consequential Adjustment
Preamble, the MOU between the two parties on behalf of the staff of the six institutions were “wrongful, spiteful and unlawful.”
The communique read in parts, “Our attention has been drawn to the MOU signed between Oyo State Government and JAC on the minimum wage despite the fact that NASU has raised fundamental observation on the manner in which the negotiation was made.
“We are not requesting for new salary structure that may necessitate the expunging of any of our existing allowances (rent allowance), rather we are requesting for the implementation of minimum wage that would affect basic salary and other existing allowances.
“NASU had shown its disagreement on the negotiation exercise through a memo dated December 30 and well received at the office of the Commissioner of Education on December 31.
“The entire NASU had passed vote of no confidence on the JAC. The agreement stated that all special and existing allowance should be maintained. RENT is equally an existing allowance that should be maintained, not to be expunged in the table presented by the Oyo State Government.
“Item (viii) of the agreement stated, “Oyo State should review their pension in line with the Federal Government Circular.” Despite the fact that this union sees the whole negotiation exercise as exercise in futility, there was no time the issue of pension was discussed and NASU sees this as abberation and not acceptable.
“Part of the individuals that signed the MOU from the union side is on suspension by the same government; this invalidates the agreement. Signing on behalf of other unions chapters/branches by some individuals is nothing but impersonation and a fraudulent act.
“That NASU was mentioned at the top of the agreement and not present to append signature on the MOU shows NASU was not part of the agreement and the agreement is not binding on members of this union in all the six state owned tertiary institutions.”

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