ASUU: Court upholds FG’s ‘no work no pay’ policy

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The Federal Government’s “no work, no pay” policy was maintained by the National Industrial Court in the suit brought against the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

In a ruling handed down by Justice Benedict Kanyip, the court’s president, today (Tuesday), the court ruled that the Federal Government has the power to withhold wages from employees who engage in industrial action.

It was decided that the no work, no pay policy used by the federal government to penalise ASUU members who went on strike the previous year is legitimate.

However, the court held that it is a violation of University Autonomy for the Federal Government to impose the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System platform on members of ASUU who reserve the right to determine how their salaries should be paid.

The Federal Government had dragged ASUU before the National Industrial Court over the demand of the Union for the payment of their salaries from February 14 to October 7, 2022, when the strike was called off.

ASUU had insisted on getting salaries for all the months they embarked on strike but the FG under the past Muhammadu Buhari-led administration refused and insisted on enforcing its “no work, no pay” policy against the lecturers.