FG threatens to invoke ‘no work, no pay’ law on striking varsities’ staff

President Muhammadu Buhari and Senator Chris Ngige

The federal government has described the ongoing nationwide strike by non-academic staff of federal universities as illegal.

Labour and employment minister, Senator Chris Ngige, warned that government may be compelled to invoke the policy of no-work-no pay on the striking non-academic staff.

The minister, in a statement, said there is no basis for the three-day-old strike, because the federal government had fully implemented all the terms of agreement it signed with the joint federal universities’ non-academic staff unions action committee.

The non-academic staff in resuming the strike, had complained that they were paid only N4 billion out of the N23 billion released by the federal government, for the payment of earned allowance, while academic staff got N19 billion.

The minister saying federal government was not involved in the modality for sharing the N23 billion earned allowances, and asked non-academic staff to call off their strike and make a fresh case for their grievances.

He said, “The Joint Action Committee of Non-Teaching Staff came with a 12-point demand. We sat over it and agreed on all, on September 20, 2017.

As I speak, the Federal Government has fully implemented the major contemporary issues such as payment of shortfalls and registration with PENCOM in the agreement. The only grievance the unions have today is that the modality for the disbursement of the N23 billion the Federal Government released for the settlement of earned allowances is skewed against them.

“But I advised them during the negotiation to call off their strike when it entered the fifth day and quickly forward their own template for accessing this N23 billion meant for the academic and non-academic staff of the universities, since the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had already submitted. They bluntly refused and dragged the strike for weeks.”

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