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National Industrial Court Upholds FG’s ‘No Work, No Pay’ Rule Against ASUU

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ABUJA, Nigeria — The National Industrial Court in Nigeria has ruled in favour of the Federal Government’s ‘no work, no pay’ rule in a case brought against the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.

The court affirmed the legality of the Federal Government’s action to withhold salaries of ASUU members who embarked on an industrial action last year.

Justice Benedict Kanyip, the President of the Court, stated on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, that the Federal Government was within its rights to implement this rule.

However, the court also held that imposing the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, platform on ASUU members violated the principle of university autonomy. According to the court, ASUU members should have the right to determine how their salaries should be paid.

The Federal Government had taken ASUU to the National Industrial Court over the union’s demand for payment of salaries withheld from February 14 to October 7, 2022, during the period of the strike.

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