The Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) has allegedly called out the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) over the threat to stop payment of salaries of the striking university lecturers.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Acting President of NLC, Lawal Dutsinma on Tuesday. The statement noted that the striking lecturers are workers and not slaves.
It is recalled that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had commenced an indefinite industrial action on November 5, 2018 over demand of proper funding of Nigerian public universities.
However, a memo sent by the Nigeria Universities Commission (NUC) to Vice Chancellors of public universities had asked them the stop the payment of salaries of the lecturers who are on strike.
“The Nigeria Labor Congress considers the application of the ‘No Work…No Pay’ rule as an autocratic attempt to cow workers into abandoning their legitimate demand for decent wages, conducive work spaces and social justice.
“As far as we are concerned, FG’s invocation of the ‘no work, no pay’ clause in the Trade Disputes Act is selective, erroneous and hypocritical. As we speak, the FG and nearly all states in Nigeria are owning their workers varying arrears of salaries, allowances, pension and gratuity with them running into years.
“Yet, workers have continued to endure such profound neglect by political leaders elected to prioritize the welfare of citizens. Given the grand betrayal of workers by government, workers stand the higher moral ground to invoke a ‘No Pay…No Work’ action,” the statement reads.
Olamide George is a graduate of Mass Communication from Olabisi Onabajo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State Nigeria; she writes and reports for Campusbiz Journal. Reach me via email@example.com