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Court justifies govt’s no work, no pay rule against ASUU

By Ameh Ochojila, Abuja
31 May 2023   |   3:23 am
National Industrial Court has upheld the no work, no pay rule by the Federal Government in the suit filed against the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

National Industrial Court has upheld the no work, no pay rule by the Federal Government in the suit filed against the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

In a judgment delivered yesterday, President of the court, Justice Benedict Kanyip, held that the rule was within the law.

He held that in line with Section 43(1a) of the Trade Union Act, members of ASUU, who participated in the eight months long strike are not entitled to salaries

According to the court, it is within the right of the Federal Government to withhold salaries of workers, who embark on an industrial action.

The court further held that it is a violation of university autonomy for the government to impose the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform on ASUU members, who reserve the right to determine how their salaries should be paid.

The lecturers, on February 14 last year, embarked on a strike, which lasted eight months, to press home their demands for better welfare package, revamping of the nation’s education sector, among others.

The action forced many students to be at home, while government consequently insisted that the lecturers would not be paid for the period.

Government, thereafter, sued ASUU over its demand for payment of their salaries from February 14 to October 7, 2022 when the strike was called off.