Court upholds FG’s ‘no work, no pay’ rule against ASUU
By Saheed Ibrahim
The National Industrial Court has upheld the ‘no work, no pay’ rule by the Federal Government in the suit filed against the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
In a judgement delivered by the President of the Court, Justice Benedict Kanyip, the court held that the ‘no work, no pay’ rule enforced by the Federal Government against members of ASUU who went on strike last year is perfectly legal.
According to the court, it is within the right of the Federal Government to withhold the salaries of workers who embark on industrial action.
However, it held that it is a violation of university autonomy for the Federal Government to impose the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform on members of ASUU who reserve the right to determine how their salaries should be paid.
ASUU, on February 14, embarked on strike, which lasted eight months, to press home its demands for a better welfare package, and revamping the nation’s education sector, among others.
The strike forced many Nigerian students to sit at home, and the government consequently insisted that the lecturers would not be paid for the period.