The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC, has urged the Federal Government to respect the Collective Bargaining Agreements entered into with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and other unions in the tertiary institutions in the country.
The NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, made the call in Abuja.
According to him, millions of Nigerian university students, especially those attending public citadels of higher learning, celebrated Easter outside the precincts of their campuses.
“It is tragic that the majority of the affected students are children from poor homes whose parents cannot afford to pay the outrageous fees charged by private universities.
There is no sadder premiere of the Social Apartheid in our society than the intermittent and protracted strike actions in our public universities,’’ he said.
Mr Wabba therefore, added “we demand respect for Collective Bargaining Agreements signed with unions in our tertiary institutions and other sectors “.
The NLC president also noted that, many workers in Nigeria are yet to enjoy the national minimum wage almost four years after it was signed into law, noting that Cross River, Taraba and Zamfara are the states yet to implement the national minimum wage.