VARSITY STAFF UNIONS AT THE BRANCHES AND THEIR LOCAL GRIEVANCES

COMRADES,
VARSITY STAFF UNIONS AT SOME LOCAL BRANCHES ARE NOT DOING ENOUGH TO GET THE AUTHORITIES TO ADDRESS STAFF PROBLEMS AND GRIEVANCES. EXCEPT THE UNIONS WAKE UP NOW AT THE LOCAL BRANCHES, THE OPPORTUNISTIC AND SELF-SERVING UNIVERSITY EMPERORS AND THEIR HENCHMEN WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE A MESS AND A MERCHANDISE OF THE VARSITIES UNDER THEIR EVIL AND ASPHYZIATING GRIP.
WHAT TO DO:

  1. THE LOCAL BRANCHES OF VARSITY STAFF UNIONS AFFECTED MUST WAKE UP FROM THEIR SLUMBER AND GIVE MEANING TO STAFF AND LABOUR UNIONISM,
  2. NONPERFORMING LEADERS MUST BE REMOVED FROM UNIONS’ SECRETARIATS AND REPLACED WITH PROGRESSIVE LEADERS,
  3. LOCAL BRANCHES OF STAFF UNIONS SHOULD PERIODICALLY ARTICULATE THEIR GRIEVANCES AND PRESENT THEM TO
    THE AUTHORITIES; SOME UNIONS HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT ANY POSITIVE OUTCOME. THIS USUALLY HAPPENS:
    a. WHEN VARSITY AUTHORITIES ARE
    IRRESPONSIBLE,
    b. WHEN THE UNIONS ARE WEAK.
    c. WHEN THE UNION LEADERSHIPS ARE INEXPERIENCED, NOT COURAGEOUS, UNABLE TO DRAW THE LINE BETWEEN RADICALISM AND RASCALITY, ETC, AND ESPECIALLY
    d. WHEN UNION LEADERSHIPS ARE COMPROMISED, FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN UNION LEADERS SACRIFICE GROUP INTERESTS AT THE ALTAR OF PERSONAL GAINS AND FAVOURS FROM VARSITY AUTHORITIES.

    COMRADES,
    THERE IS A NEED TO CONSTANTLY AND CONCRETELY IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF OUR UNIONISM. THE QUESTION THAT MUST BE POSED IS:
    WHAT IS UNIONISM WITHOUT ACTIVISM?
    VARSITY STAFF UNIONS MUST BE TRANSFORMED, FOR ANIMATED AND EFFECTIVE STRUGGLES AND ACTIONS.
    STAFF UNIONS AT THE LOCAL BRANCHES SHOULD ALWAYS BE COGNIZANT, AND GUIDED BY THE EXPERIENCES AND LESSONS OF THE UNIONS AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL, WHICH IS THAT, WHAT LITTLE THE VARSITIES AND VARSITY STAFF HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET FROM THE GOVERNMENT HAS NEVER BEEN ON A PLATTER, BUT THE PRODUCT OF UNCOMPROMISING STRUGGLES.
    THE LOCAL BRANCHES OF VARSITY STAFF UNIONS MUST MOBILISE THEIR MEMBERS FOR LOCAL STRUGGLES THE SAME WAY THEY ARE MOBILISED FOR STRUGGLES AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL. EXCEPT THIS IS DONE, VARSITY STAFF WILL REMAIN IN SITU, AND PERMANENTLY IN THEIR CHAINS.
    THIS IS A CALL FOR THE TRANSFORMATION AND ‘MILITANTISATION’ OF ALL VARSITY STAFF UNIONS AT THE LOCAL BRANCHES.

    Fraternal Greetings from:
    COMRADE NKEM ONYEKPE.

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