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ASUU threatens to skip academic sessions missed during strike over FG’s ‘no work, no pay’ stance

Unpaid salary arrears: ASUU threatens to skip academic sessions missed during strike over ?no-work, no-pay? FG stance

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has threatened to skip the backlog of academic sessions halted by their seven-month strike if the federal government persists in its “no work, no pay” stance.

ASUU members, mainly lecturers from the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) chapter in Rivers State, made this known after a special convention and protest rally on Monday, November 21.

Some of the inscriptions on their protest placards read: “No to pro rata salary payment, ‘Teachers are not casual workers’ and ‘FG, stop the abuse of teachers’.

They argued that the ‘no pay, no job’ policy does not apply to them because they started classes where they left off seven months ago and are now clearing up backlogs. of work by combining two sessions.

ASUU President, Uniport, Dr Uzoma Chima said, “Today’s special congress and protest rally is to express our displeasure at the recent attempt by the Federal Government of Nigeria to cut faculty university to casual workers paid by the day.

“Because we know that there is nowhere in the world where university professors are treated like casual workers. So today we invited parents and students to tell them about the state of things since the suspension of our strike.

“Since we suspended the strike following the order of the National Labor Court, we have returned to resume our duties and are currently doing the backlog of work that we should have done during the strike. As a union of intellectuals, our job means that the no work no pay policy does not apply to us.

“Because during the strike, we were doing research. It was only the teaching that we weren’t doing. We did research and members got involved in community service. The teaching that has not been done, we are already doing. We are eliminating the backlog.

“So today we called on parents and students to bring the issue to the public. That they don’t see this as a fight for just ASUU because we know and it’s so clear now that the ruling class wants to decimate public universities. And of course, as the eggheads of the nation, we will not allow that to happen.

“What we are going to do if the FG refuses to listen to us is so simple. If the government continues to say that it will not pay us, we will abandon the work to be done for these sessions and that will mean the outright cancellation of these sessions.

“We will now wait until admission is done for the 2022/2023 session to continue from there.” This means that former students of the university will have to lose these sessions, this is the implication.

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