We may start ‘no pay, no work’ — ASUU president

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The National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, says the Union may embark on ‘no pay, no work’, strike if the Federal Government continued to insist on not paying them their withheld eight months salaries.

Speaking in a chat with newsmen on Wednesday, Osodeke said the union might embark on the policy, since the federal government had refused to pay their salaries.

Noting that the National Industrial Court of Nigeria sitting in Abuja had in October ordered the union to go back to work before it could continue to entertain the matter before it, Osodeke argued that FG did not also wait for the final judgment of the court on the matter before deciding not to pay his members their withheld salaries.

In his words, “Yes, the matter still continues before the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, NICN, in Abuja. The court has not given a final judgement on it.

“Remember that we were not the ones who dragged the government to court. It was the government that took us to court. The order that the court gave was that we should go back to our duty posts while the matter is being heard.

“As law abiding people, we obeyed the order of the court. Unfortunately, the FG that initiated the matter did not wait for the final decision of the court before starting the ‘no work, no pay’ issue. Even to a layman, when the court said go back and maintain the status quo, did it say that the government should be the judge on the matter?”

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