The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has announced that it will appeal the decision of the National Labor Court which ordered the professors to call off their ongoing strike.
Union lawyer Femi Falana revealed this in an interview with Channels TV.
Following several unsuccessful attempts to resolve the dispute with the university union, the federal government, through its lead counsel, James Igwe, filed an application for an interlocutory injunction, seeking a court order restraining ASUU from suing strike.
In rendering judgment today, September 21, Judge Polycarp Hamman barred ASUU from pursuing the industrial action, pending the decision on the lawsuit. He ordered that the case be returned to the president of the industrial tribunal for reassignment to another judge, as he is a vacation judge. According to the judge, the strike is detrimental to students in public universities who cannot afford to attend private higher education establishments.
He added that the Labor Disputes Act requires workers not to strike once a matter has been brought to the labor court.
Judge Hamman upheld the government’s request, saying it was meritorious and granted, but declined to fine the government as demanded by the ASUU.
Reacting to the development, Falana said the university union would appeal the court order.