November 24, 2022
  • November 24, 2022

FG begins payment of 8-month salary arrears to ASUU splinter faction

By on November 7, 2022 0

The federal government has begun payment of the 8-month salary arrears to some lecturers who are members of the Congress of University Scholars (CONUA), the breakaway faction of the University Academic Staff Union (ASUU).

Daily Trust reports that the development comes as members of the ASUU National Executive Council reached arrangements to hold an emergency meeting to deal with the “halves of wages” being paid to them.

A CONUA member and senior lecturer at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, who spoke anonymously to Daily Trust on Sunday evening, said the union’s leadership had already received a hint from the minister of labor and employment. ‘Employment, Chris Ngige.

The official also said the minister had assured members of the new union that they would start receiving alerts from Monday, adding that he had also promised that the issue of ‘half wages’ being paid to them would be resolved. .

“We did not participate in the last strike. We had previously written to the Federal Ministry of Labor and Employment. So, the minister reviewed our letter and he ordered accordingly,” the official said.

Efforts to reach CONUA’s national coordinator, Niyi Sunmonu, proved fruitless as calls to his cellphone did not connect. He had yet to respond to a text message sent to him at the time this report was filed.

Contacted, the minister’s spokesman, Olajide Oshundun, confirmed that CONUA members would be paid on the condition that they were not part of the strike which lasted eight months.

He argued that those who participated in the strike would not be paid since the “no-work-no-pay” policy persists.

“What I can tell you with authority as a spokesperson is that the policy of ‘No work, no pay’ remains. It has not changed because it is a constitutional matter. It is also recognized by the ILO Charter that when people go on strike they cannot be paid.

“So if CONUA has not gone on strike, they are entitled to their money. But if they participated in the strike, they too will not be paid. If they were not on strike, legally and conditionally, they are entitled to their wages. I look at it from a legal perspective,” he said.