Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, on Tuesday embarked on a protest to express dissatisfaction with the invocation of the ‘no work, no pay’ policy by the Federal Government with regards to paying their salaries after resuming from an eight-month strike .
Members of the union at the University of Lagos chapter, who locked down the campus by marching from the Julius Berger Auditorium to the main gate, also boycotted classes, as the day was declared lecture free.
They called on Nigerians to tell the FG that any attempt to casualise lecturers would spell doom for the university system and cripple it.
The Chairman, ASUU UNILAG, Dr. Dele Ashiru, who condemned the ‘pro-rata’ payment of October salary to his members, accused the government of an attempt to reduce Nigerian scholars to casual workers.
He said the protest was to prevent any form of academic crisis.
“What the government did is against the national labour law and we are trying to avert the resumption of another ASUU strike.
“The action of the union by suspending the strike was a display of manifest trust in the judiciary and other institutions and organs of government to always put national interest above all other considerations. This we believe as a union of thinkers, intellectuals, and patriots.
“Sadly, the treatment meted out to ASUU by the government has demonstrated they cannot be trusted. As the union has been using every means to negotiate with the government rather they keep deploring weapons to frustrate us and keep us in abject poverty.
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