Awka – The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Anambra has called on university lecturers to work harder to make up for the 25 weeks lost to their strike.
Mr Patrick Obianyo, the Chairman of the congress in the state, made the call while speaking in Awka on Friday.
Obianyo described the suspended strike which lasted five months and 18 days as not only regrettable but avoidable.
He, however, commended the federal government for finding a common ground with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on the issues raised.
He said that their action showed responsibility and was in the interest of the country’s education sector.
“The NLC thanks God for helping us see the end of the strike after a period of nearly six months.
“We want members of ASUU to double their productivity so that we can reduce the extent of damage resulting from the industrial action.
“The government has shown character and demonstrated faith with the union; it is not cowardice, so students and teachers must justify the gains of that struggle,” he said.
The labour leader pointed out that there was need for healthy industrial relations between governments at all levels and the labour unions.
He said it would make for easy resolution of differences and prevent prolonged negotiations.
ASUU on Tuesday suspended its industrial action which commenced on July 1