Half Salaries: Stop Provoking Lecturers – Falana

Mary Ugwuanyi

Human Rights activist, Femi Falana, SAN, has asked the Federal Government to cease provoking lecturers under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union, ASUU, in a dispute over wages.

Falana said this when he appeared on Channels Television’s programme, Politics Today, on Tuesday.

He said university teachers deserve their full salaries for the period they were on strike.

Recall that ASUU had on February 14, 2022, declared a strike that lasted for eight months, grounding academic activities in the nation’s public universities.

Following an order of the National Industrial Court, NIC, ASUU suspended its eight-month strike on October 14. The union also met with the leadership of the House of Representatives led by the speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila who intervened in the dispute.

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But the members of the union were paid half-salaries for the month of October, prompting ill feelings among ASUU members.

Explaining the rationale behind the payment, the Federal Government said the lecturers were paid based on pro-rata. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said they were paid for the days they worked.

Reacting to the development, Falana, counsel to ASUU on Tuesday said, “The doctrine of ‘no work, no pay’ is totally inapplicable to ASUU members.

“We are asking all Nigerians who mounted pressure on ASUU to call off the strike . . . all of us have a duty to prevail on the government to stop provoking the lecturers.”

Source: Daily Post

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