Strike: ASUU Reacts To FG’s ‘No Work, No Pay’ Policy
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has described the federal government’s “no work, no pay” policy on striking university lecturers as shameless.
The directive to implement the “no work, no pay” policy was communicated to the universities in a memo sent by the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) to university vice-chancellors and made available online on Friday, November 30.
The memo reads, “In view of the current Industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the federal government has directed that there shall be no payment of any form of salaries and allowances to the staff on strike in federal and inter-varsity centers.
“Consequently, I am to direct Vice-Chancellors to apply the “No-work-no-pay” rule. However, Universities and inter-varsity centers are to pay salaries and allowances to Non-teaching staff.
“All Vice Chancellors and Directors of centers should note that the salaries to staff on strike from whatever source of funds shall be viewed as violation of extant rules and directive of the federal government of Nigeria.”
However, the Chairman of University of Ibadan chapter of ASUU, Deji Omole, disclosed that members of the union would not be intimidated by the government’s move.
He said despite the debt, the government still wants lecturers to continue to work while the presidency and the National Assembly ‘feed fat’ on the wealth of the nation.
He continued: “We have passed this road before. It is a familiar terrain which we can navigate with our eyes closed.
“We shall triumph any attempt to destroy the common patrimony. The power of the people is stronger than the people in power.”