The Federal Government of Nigeria has likely implemented ‘no work, no pay’ policy for the striking university-based unions.
This is according to a report of Vanguard on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 which stated that president of National Association of Academic Technologists President of (NAAT), Comrade Ibeji Nwokoma, said members of his union were not paid full salaries in March.
The FG in a statement made by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen Chris Ngige, earlier this month had threatened the unions that “No-work, No Pay” policy would be invoked in compliance with Section 43 of the Labour Law if the strike continue. Adding that the actions of the unions are amounted to “false leave” and a declaration of forced holidays for students. He reminded the members that the government was not “Father Xmas.”
Recall that the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, had embarked on a four week warning strike on February 14 which was extended at its expiration, following the alleged failure of government to address the contentious issues that led to the strike.
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In March, the Joint Action Committee, JAC, comprising the Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Educational Institution, NASU, and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU declared a two week warning strike, within the same month and it was also extended, while the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, declared its own two weeks warning strike the same month.
NAAT president stated that FG has decided not to pay his members full salary for the month of March as it ignored all the notices for the ongoing strike and had refused to acknowledge all the letters sent in that regard.
He, however, said that seizing the salary of the union members would not make them call off the strike as the action was in the interest of the system.
Asked to give the update on the union’s strike, Comrade Nwokoma said: “As of today, we have entered the the fifth week of our warning strike, the first two weeks and then we rolled over for four weeks. Unfortunately, as we are talking, government has not acknowledged all the notices of strike, all the letters we wrote to them as at today.
“Government has not also invited us or found it necessary to invite us to a round table discussion, so as to find a way forward. And unfortunately too, government has decided to stop our salaries, using the no work, no pay principle,” he said.