As the nationwide ASUU strike continues unabated, it appears the ‘end of the tunnel’ is still at a distance, as the Federal Government has invoked the ‘no work, no pay’ labour policy against the protesting lecturers.
DailyPost has learnt that some members of ASUU from federal universities are yet to be paid both their August and September salaries, a situation majority of them said was not unconnected to the ongoing strike and the directive issued lately by the federal government to Vice Chancellors to apply the labour rule of ‘’ no work, no pay.’’
Some branch chairmen of the Union had earlier told Daily Sun that Vice Chancellors of various universities have been asked via text messages to suspend the payment of salaries to academic staff that are currently on strike, asserting that the decision was beginning to affect non-academic staff as well.
An exco member who spoke on the development said he confronted the university management alongside his other exco members over salary delays, and were shown some text messages, directing that protesting lecturers must not be paid their salaries.
The member had stressed that the application of ‘no work no pay’ rule would be ineffective as the striking lecturers were not on strike because of salaries.
Relatively, the ASUU chairman, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Dr. Biodun Badmus, had disclosed that the vice chancellor received some text messages not to pay ASUU members their Salaries, even though he defended that August salaries were yet to be released to the school.
He told Daily Sun thus, “Any vice chancellor that has paid August salary did so using the university’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). We are not bothered about the salary issue, because at the end of the day, they will still pay us.”