Disregard ASUSS- NUT Tells Secondary School Teachers - EDU-BIZNEWS


Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Disregard ASUSS- NUT Tells Secondary School Teachers

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has asked the secondary schools' teachers in the country, to disregard claims by its splinter group, Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS), that the Supreme Court, recognizes the body as a new trade union

ASUSS had claimed that the apex court  on January 15, 2021, delivered judgment granting it autonomy as a new trade union.

But NUT’s National President Dr. Nasir Idris, represented by his deputy, Kelvin Nwankwo, at a news conference in Ilupeju, Lagos stressed the need to clarify issues, to avoid creating unnecessary confusion among members.

According to him,“The group of secondary school teachers making a hollow, deceptive and false claim to have obtained judgment to unionise secondary school teachers is reckless, complete falsehood and extraneous to the decisions of the Supreme Court, as well as and other relevant labour laws,” 

Idris stressed that NUT was the only recognised teachers’ trade union at primary and secondary school levels, noting that the true position of ASUSS was still pending in court.

He explained that: “In August 2009, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, in a letter, ref. No: ML.IB/19.T.31 of August 2009, where the Minister said: ‘Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) is not a registered trade union and cannot unionise secondary school teachers.  With this provision of the Trade Union Act, we call on all teachers of secondary schools to disregard the baseless claim by ASUSS, as no such matter of membership of secondary school teachers, was before the Supreme Court and the status of NUT in unionising teachers of primary and secondary schools remain sacrosanct and backed by the jurisdictional scope of trade unions as contained in the Trade Union Act CAP T.14 LFN 2004, cited above.”

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