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FG Starts Paying the Breakaway ASUU Faction Its Eight-Month Salary Backlog

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The Federal Government has started paying certain professors’ 8-month wage arrears, according to the Congress of University Academics (CONUA), a breakaway branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUA) (ASUU).

The ASUU National Executive Council members have reportedly finalized plans to call an emergency meeting to examine the “half salaries” that were paid to them as this development occurs, according to the Daily Trust.

Ile Ife, a lecturer at Obafemi Awolowo University and a member of CONUA, claimed in an undercover interview with Daily Trust on Sunday night that the union’s leadership had already received a cue from Chris Ngige, the minister of labor and employment.

The person added that the minister promised to handle the issue of the “half salaries” paid to them, and that members of the new union will begin receiving notifications as of Monday.

“We didn’t participate in the previous strike. Our letter to the Federal Ministry of Labor and Employment was sent earlier. The minister has thus reviewed our letter and given instructions in line with it, the official said.

Calls to Niyi Sunmonu, the national coordinator of CONUA, were unsuccessful because his mobile phone was not reachable. As of the time this complaint was filed, he had not replied to a text message that had been sent to him.

Olajide Oshundun, the Minister’s spokeswoman, affirmed when contacted that CONUA members will be paid as long as they weren’t a part of the eight-month strike.

He insisted that because the no-work, no-pay policy still applied, individuals who took part in the strike would not be compensated.

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In my capacity as a spokesperson, I can state with authority that the “No-work, no-pay” policy is still in effect. Because it is a constitutional issue, nothing has changed. The ILO Charter also acknowledges that during strikes, employees are not entitled to compensation.

“Therefore, CONUA is entitled to their money even if they did not go on strike. However, they won’t receive anything if they joined the strike. Legally and unconditionally, they are entitled to receive pay even if they weren’t on strike. I’m approaching it from a legal standpoint,” he stated.

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