February 21, 2024
ASUU threatens to skip sessions

ASUU threatens to skip sessions missed during strike over ‘no-work, no-pay’

If the federal government continues to enforce the no work, no pay policy, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has vowed to skip the backlog of classes that have been postponed due to its seven-month strike.

After a special congress and protest rally on Monday, ASUU members, primarily from the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) Chapter in Rivers state, claimed that the policy did not apply to them because they had resumed work where they had left off seven months earlier and were currently catching up on backlogs by combining two sessions.

“Today’s special congress and protest rally is to show our discontent with the recent attempt by the federal government of Nigeria to reduce university teachers to daily pay casual workers,” stated Dr. Uzoma Chima, the chairman of ASUU, Uniport.

“Because we are aware that university instructors are not recognized as temporary employees anywhere in the globe. We thus invited parents and students today to inform them of the situation following the suspension of our strike. We have returned to our jobs and are already completing the backlog of work we should have completed during the strike since we suspended the strike in response to the National Industrial Court’s order.

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Because we are an intellectual union, the no work, no pay policy does not apply to us. because we were conducting research during the strike. We weren’t doing anything except teaching. Members participated in community service as we conducted research. We have already started teaching what has not yet been done. The backlog of work is being cleared.

In order to raise awareness of the problem, we called parents and students today. They shouldn’t consider the struggle as being solely about ASUU because the ruling class’s desire to destroy public universities is now so obvious, as we all know. Of course, we will prevent it from happening since we are the nation’s eggheads.

“What We Are Going To Do Is So Simple If The FG Refuses To Listen To Us. Government will give up on the work that has to be done for those sessions if they keep insisting they won’t pay us, which will result in a complete cancellation of those sessions.

We shall now wait till the 2022/2023 session’s admissions are completed before moving forward.

The inference is that those sessions will have to be forfeited by the university’s older pupils.

Their protest signs included messages like “FG, stop mistreating lecturers,” “Lecturers are not casual workers,” and “No to Pro Rata Salary Payment.”

ASUU threatens to skip sessions missed during strike over ‘no-work, no-pay’

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