ASUU in negotiations with FG
As Federal Government dragged Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to Industrial Court over its inability to force its decision over the university technocrats.
Its failure to convince the union to return to classes at the detriment of meeting their demands was a reason why it took the union to court.
Another reason for dragging the union to court is based on failure of its tree of disunity planted into midst of the university dons to yield fruits.
It would be recalled that the suit filed by the Federal government against the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) National industrial court was adjourned till September 16.
The matter which came up for mention on Monday before Justice Polycarp Hamman was adjourned till Friday for further mention as parties in the suit needed to file more processes.
The Federal Government had dragged ASUU to court over the union’s ongoing strike seeking the court to determine if the strike is legal or not and also seeking an order of the court directing ASUU to call off the strike.
The strike which started like a child’s place on February 14, 2022 is mainly to force government to fund and also provide up to date infrastructures in public universities.
FG’s demands in the court
The Federal Government prayed the court among other reliefs to determine if ASUU members are entitled to pay while on strike.
The suit reads in part;
“Interpret the provisions of Section 43 of the Trade Dispute Act, Cap T8. LFN 2004, titled “Special Provision with Respect to payment of wages during strikes and lock-outs,” specifically dealing with the rights of employees/workers during the period of any strike or lock-out. Can ASUU or any other union that embarked on strike be asking to be paid salaries even with clear provisions of the law?
“Determine whether ASUU members are entitled to emoluments or “strike pay” during their period of strike, more so in view of our national law as provided in Section 43 of the TDA and the International Labour Principles on the right to strike as well as the decisions of the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association on the Subject.”
“Determine whether ASUU has the right to embark on strike over disputes as is the case in this instance by compelling the Federal Government to employ its own University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) in the payment of the wages of its members as against the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) universally used by the Federal Government in the nation for payment of wages of all her employees in the Federal Government Public Service of which university workers including ASUU members are part of or even where the government via NITDA subjected ASUU and their counterpart UPPPS university payment platform system software to integrity test (vulnerability and stress test) and they failed.”
Also the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, September 8, told the industrial court to give an accelerated hearing to the suit.
In the letter to the court the minister said “In view of the fact that ASUU members have been on strike since February 14, 2022, and have refused to call off the action despite the apprehension of same, it would be appreciated if this dispute is given an accelerated hearing to bring the dispute to an end.”
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