ASUU re­jects in­tro­duc­tion of duty reg­is­ter by DELSU

Daily Trust - - LABOUR -

The Aca­demic Staff Union of Uni­ver­si­ties (ASUU), Delta State Univer­sity (DELSU), Abraka, branch, has re­jected the “clock-in and clock-out” pol­icy re­cently in­tro­duced for aca­demic staff by the in­sti­tu­tion’s man­age­ment.

The union stated its po­si­tion in a let­ter dated Au­gust 10, sent to the Com­mis­sioner for Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, signed by the branch Chair­man and Sec­re­tary, Prof. Abel Di­ak­paromre and Dr Em­manuel Ufuo­phu-Biri, re­spec­tively.

ASUU said the pol­icy was un-aca­demic, un­prece­dented and a de­vi­a­tion from best­prac­tices in the global aca­demic com­mu­nity.

It ex­plained that the let­ter em­anated from its congress held on Au­gust 6, fol­low­ing an­nounce­ment of the pol­icy by the univer­sity’s Deputy Regis­trar (Es­tab­lish­ment), Mr. Em­manuel Egheneji, through a memo dated July 31.

“The said memo stated that with ef­fect from Au­gust 1, 2018, aca­demic staff are to ‘clock-in and clock-out’ each time they re­sume and close from duty.

“Af­ter an ex­ten­sive de­lib­er­a­tion, congress re­solved that the univer­sity is a cre­ation of law, which has self-reg­u­lat­ing pro­vi­sions and that aca­demics of the univer­sity would con­tinue to be guided by those pro­vi­sions.

“The pol­icy of clockingin and clock­ing-out is not aca­demic, it is un­prece­dented, and de­vi­ates from best-prac­tices of the global aca­demic com­mu­nity,” the union said.

It noted that univer­sity lec­tur­ers were in­volved in teach­ing, re­search and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment, hence mem­bers of ASUU - DELSU would con­tinue to dis­charge their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties with re­gard to these obli­ga­tions.

The union said the pol­icy was a threat to the glob­ally cher­ished non-ne­go­tiable au­ton­omy of the univer­sity, which the union would con­tinue to de­fend.

It ad­vised Vis­i­tor to the univer­sity, Gov. Arthur Okowa Ifeanyi, to see those be­hind the pol­icy as sabo­teurs who did not wish him well.

“We re­ject in its en­tirety the ‘clock-in and cock-out’ pol­icy for aca­demic staff in Delta State Univer­sity.

“ASUU-DELSU re­quests the vis­i­tor to the univer­sity to use his good of­fices to di­rect those be­hind this ap­pli­ca­tion of the clock-in clock-out pol­icy for aca­demic staff to re­frain from it.

“This is be­cause there is no univer­sity in the coun­try (and pos­si­bly the world) where aca­demics clock-in and clock-out.

“This pol­icy will only make mock­ery of the DELSU and the en­tire state be­fore the na­tional and global univer­sity com­mu­nity,” it said.

The let­ter was copied to the state Head of Civil Service, Chair­man of DELSU Gov­ern­ing Coun­cil and the Vice-Chan­cel­lor of DELSU. (NAN)

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