Education sector experts have criticized members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities for their “no pay no work” stance, saying the ASUU’s position is unknown in labor law and makes no sense.
In response to the widely publicized statement by ASUU’s president, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, some experts in the education sector have said that ASUU should understand that work comes before pay and not the other way around.
Osodeke responded to Education Minister Malam Adamu Adamu’s statement that the six months withheld teachers’ salaries in accordance with the federal government’s no-work-no-pay policy. Osodeke had said in response that ASUU would also apply no-pay-no-work.
Executive Director of Education Rights Initiative, Dr. Joseph Udah, who accused ASUU leadership of playing the ostrich when students’ futures are in jeopardy, said there is no appropriate name anyone can give the money ASUU is asking for .
“You can’t call it a salary, one of the professors working with the… Stand online on condition of anonymity said, adding that salary is by definition a payment for work done. “Everything out there is fraudulent and amounts to primitive accumulation”.
On ASUU’s stance that they can make up for the lost period, Udah said it was less than worthy.
He explained that all public universities lost a full academic year to the 2020 strike before the current union action that began on February 14, 2022, and that the ASUU has never regained it.
“In the coming month, public universities will lose another academic calendar.”
That the nation has “irreversibly lost two years from its academic calendar is a fact we all have to deal with. In the past two years, not a single public university student has participated in the National Youth Service Corps program because of ASUU strikes. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Jamb, has been behind on admission for three years and we are still counting.
“We want Nigerians to understand that this is what the government has gone through at the hands of ASUU, blatantly lying and wanting everyone to believe them,” one of the analysts insisted.
We call on all Nigerians to understand that the actions of the government on no work and no pay are strictly within the law and that the position of ASUU is not only misleading but also devoid of law and logic.
A columnist, Farooq A. Kperogi, a Nigerian-American professor, also said he had supported ASUU and its mission to save the Nigerian university system from total disrepair, acknowledging that it would be the persistence and often painful sacrifices of its members . not be a university system to speak of today.
“But I think ASUU is now stepping outside the bounds of reasonableness and fairness by insisting that it should always be paid for the period it is on strike. By doing this, it is proclaiming that it is above the law.
“Continuing this strike is no longer justified. It is now cruelty, hostage-taking and emotional blackmail all rolled into one. I hope enough ASUU members realize this and stay on top of each other to call off this strike in the interest of the students – and ASUU’s own reputation capital.
“It would be compassionate if the government paid ASUU members for the period they strike, but the government has no legal obligation to do so. Section 43 of the Trade Disputes Act states unequivocally that striking workers are not entitled to their usual compensation for the period they stop working,” Kperogi said.
Most stakeholders are beginning to question ASUU’s involvement in infrastructure development, which is the responsibility of university management, not a union. The primary responsibility of a trade union is the well-being of its members and not infrastructure development.
On Integrated Personnel Payroll and Information System (IPPIS), said a professor in one of the tertiary institutions who wants her name in print, since all other employees have accepted the IPPIS, this amounts to the tyranny of a minority over the majority of employees. if the government accepts the Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) from the Universities. Once you do that, everyone is free to come up with their payment platform.
Regarding the academic grant, the professor said that the scheme would only run for ten years under the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement in which all universities would have committed to each department to the best of their knowledge during the period, solving the problem of excess workload.
“It doesn’t make sense to talk about an earned allowance 20 years after the agreement.”
The professor said; “In short, ASUU is a busy body in the field of infrastructural development. On IPPIS, ASUU plays the tyranny of a minority on officials who are all on IPPIS.”
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