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Varsity Lecturers, ASUU Slams FG Over Pro-Rata Payment Of Salary

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has today Tuesday slammed the Nigeria Federal Government for paying its members half salary for the month of October.

In a statement issued out today and signed by the union’s President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, revealed this after a marathon National Executive Council, NEC meeting, that started around 12:40pm and ended in the late hour of Monday argued that his members are not casual workers but intellectuals who cannot be paid on a pro-rata basis.

It was recalled that the federal government through it minister for Labour and employment, Dr Chris Ngige revealed that the varsity lecturers salary was paid based on “pro-rata” that is, you cannot be paid for work not done.

Although the varsity exco after the meeting was silent on whether they would embark on another strike, he, however, appealed for the ‘understanding of students across Nigeria, parents and other concerned group of people in the country as the union continues to pursue positive resolution of this avoidable impasse within the ambit of legality without compromising the interests and welfare of Nigerian intellectuals’.

Osodeke, through the statement released today Tuesday said that the government’s action to pay lecturers like casual workers, was unprecedented in the history of university oriented labour relations.

According to the statement, it reads: “The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) suspended its eight-month strike on 14th October, 2022, in obedience to the order of the National Industrial Court and in further consideration of intervention efforts of well-meaning Nigerians, including the Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.

“The action of the Union was a display of manifest trust in the judiciary and other institutions and organs of government to always put national interest above all other considerations.

“This we believe, as a union of thinkers, intellectuals, and patriots, will not only aid the process of amicable resolution of the crisis, but will also set the tone for smooth industrial relations between Government and Nigerian workers at large.

“Unfortunately, the response of the government towards ASUU’s demonstration of trust was the so-called ‘pro-rata’ payment for eighteen days as the October 2022 salaries of academics thereby portraying them as daily paid workers!

“This is not only an aberration, but a contravention of all known rules of engagement in any contract of employment for academics the world over.

“At an emergency meeting of the ASUU’s National Executive Committee (NEC), held on Monday, 7 November, 2022, the Union deliberated on developments since the suspension of the strike. NEC noted with dismay that paying academics on “pro-rata ” basis, like casual workers, is unprecedented in the history of university oriented labour relations and therefore condemned this attempt to reduce Nigerian scholars to casual workers in its entirety.

“NEC commends the membership of ASUU for their perseverance in the face of untold hardship and unwarranted provocation by some notorious agents of the ruling class.

“NEC further appeals for the understanding of Nigerian students, parents and other genuinely concerned individuals and groups while the Union continues to pursue positive resolution of this avoidable crisis within the ambit of legality without compromising the interests and welfare of Nigerian intellectuals.”



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