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Academic Staff Union Of Universities’ insistence of payment for strike period delaying negotiation with FG

Education minister,  mallam Adamu Adamu, says the insistence by ASUU on being paid six months salaries of the strike period is barrier to negotiations between the FG and the union.

 

Adamu disclosed this at the weekly briefing organized by the Presidential Communications Team. He said ASUU insisted that its members must be paid for the period of the strike.

He,  said that the government also insisted on implementing its ‘no work no pay rule’ to serve as deterrence to other unions who might embark on strike action in future.

The minister says all striking tertiary institutions’ based unions except ASUU have accepted its offers to call off their strikes by next week

“I think this is the only thing that is in the hands of the government to ensure that there is a penalty for some behavior like this.

“If you think it is for the government other than what the government is doing in the university to stop the strike, the standard the government has taken now is not to pay the months in which no work was done.

“So, I believe teachers will think twice before they join the strike if they know that at the end they are not going to be paid and the federal government is not acting arbitrarily.

“Before, it was some magnanimity on its part, there is a law which says if there is no work, there will be no pay.

“I believe this will be a very strong element that will determine from going on strike,” he said.

 

He also expressed the hope that all other unions like Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, (SANNU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions, (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) will resume work in the next one week.