Our Union's attention has been drawn to a statement from the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU) contained in the report submitted by the body to the government during the meeting of Vice Chancellors, Chairmen of Governing Councils of Federal Universities and Honorable Minister of Education on 6th of September, 2022.
An extract from the submission made by the CVCNU was emphatic in conveying the erroneous impression that Chief lecturers in Nigeria's Polytechnics (and Colleges of Education) earn more than Professors in the nation's Universities.
The position of the CVCNU was made in order to justify the legitimate demands of our sister union, the Academic Staff Union of Universities for a wage increase.
While we understand the disposition of the CVCNU to support the aspirations of ASUU, putting out fallacious statements as it affects the emoluments of other workers in the other tiers of tertiary education in the country will only undermine same aspiration.
Apart from the falsehood, it is improper for the CVCNU to have made such statement at a time that our Union is also renegotiating emoluments for our members as it has the potentials of creating the wrong impression about the emoluments of workers in Polytechnics and Colleges of Education, thereby undermining the ongoing renegotiation process between the FGN and Polytechnics.
Without doubt, the CVCNU has access to the salary structures of the different cadres of staff across the tertiary education landscape and therefore has no basis to indulge in needless extrapolation. The agitation for wage review in the university system can indeed proceed creditably without such fallacious reference by parties as such can only breed needless rivalry in the sector.
We affirm our position that the Unions and government should remain faithful to collective bargaining principles in arriving at any wage review in the current dispensation in line with best practices in industrial relations.
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