Prolonged Strike: FG Meets ASUU In Industrial Court Monday

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The Federal Government says it will meet with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) for adjudication on Monday over prolong strike.

Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, said this on Sunday in Abuja in a letter addressed to the Registrar of NICN, dated Sept. 8.

Ngige said this in a statement signed by Olajide Oshundun, Head, Press and Public Relations, in the ministry and made available to newsmen.

He said the referral instrument had become necessary following the failure of dialogue between the union and the Federal Ministry of Education.

He added that the matter is billed for mention by 9 a.m on Sept. 12.

The Federal Government has asked the NICN to inquire into the legality or otherwise of the ongoing prolonged strike by ASUU leadership and members that had continued even after apprehension.

He also said that the NICN are to interpret the provisions with Respect to payment of wages during strikes and lock-outs”.

Ngige said this ”specifically dealing with the rights of employees/workers during the period of any strike or lock-out.

And to know if ASUU or any other union that embarked on strike be asking to be paid salaries even with clear provisions of the law,“Determine whether ASUU members are entitled to emoluments or ‘strike pay’ during their period of strike, which commenced on Feb. 14.

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