[JUST IN] Half pay: ASUU declares a day without classes to protest the “no work, no pay” policy
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is set to embark on a one-day nationwide protest rally against the federal government’s implementation of a ‘no work, no pay’ policy for teachers from the country.
The event will be organized at the branch level of the union on public university campuses across the country and will take the form of a day of free lectures for all member teachers.
The President of ASUU, Branch of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Dr. Dele Ashiru, confirmed this to the Nigerian Tribune on Sunday.
According to him, each university where ASUU has members was asked to choose a day in the week to hold a special congress and also participate in a protest rally on its campus.
He said UNILAG-ASUU had set Tuesday, November 15 for its own rally.
He said the purpose of the protest rally was simply to draw the attention of Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora to the ASUU’s strong dissatisfaction with the Federal Government’s attempt to precarious academics in the country by using a “no work, no pay” policy. ‘ to pay them.
He insisted that university professors are intellectuals and professionals and therefore cannot be treated as casual workers.
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Ashiru pointed out that just like other speakers from other ASUU branches would do, all members of ASUU, UNILAG branch should also attend the congress and fully participate in the protest rally.
He said that the casualization of academics, who are intellectuals for whatever reason, is completely foreign to the university system anywhere in the world.
According to him, the Minister of Labor and Employment, Chris Ngige, wants to prove that he knows more than anyone else in the world but we will show him that his attempt to imprison teachers, including engaging in unionism would never come to pass as far as Nigeria is concerned.
Meanwhile, in a memo from the branch to union members and obtained by Nigerian Tribune, the union called on all relevant stakeholders to come forward for the rally on Tuesday, saying that “a united people can never be defeated”.
In addition, some rights activists including Abiodun Aremu, who is the Secretary General of Joint Front Action; Hassan Soweto, National Coordinator of the Education Rights Campaign; National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Public Relations Officer Giwa Yisa Temitope and Victor Odeyemi among others were invited to address the rally.
Recalls that the federal government paid only half the salary for the month of October to professors of public universities, who had been on strike for eight months and returned to work on October 14.
Half pay, according to the speakers, was the work of the Minister of Labor and Employment, who had sworn that the federal government would implement a “no work, no pay” policy for speakers at the time.