- The ASUU is ready to go head to head with the federal government over a recent order that the salaries of those not enrolled in IPPIS be stopped
- All government workers had been directed by President Buhari to enrol in an integrated payroll system, university lecturers not excluded
- ASUU had, however, asked members not to enrol, citing some grey areas
- The lecturers proposed an alternative payroll software to address the union’s concerns
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) might be activating its “no pay, no work” mantra if the federal government goes ahead with its plan not to pay its members not enrolled in Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) their salaries by January 31.
ASUU's president, Biodun Ogunyemi, told The Cable that the union might embark on a strike action.
Ogunyemi said the union saw the circular from the government on social media but are yet to be given an official copy.
He stated that he thought the union was still negotiating with the government and that it would allow the engagement to run its full course.
According to him, the union met earlier with the president to discuss finding ways of marrying its own proposed software with that of IPPIS so as to address its fears. He added that that is what he thought would happen.
The ASUU president noted that if the circular is true, the union would have no choice but to revert to its earlier resolution of ‘no pay, no work’.
He added that if there are individuals bent on sabotaging the proposed solution by ASUU on the IPPIS issue, the union would take whatever action was necessary.
Also speaking, the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, ASUU chairperson, Ndanitsa Attahiru, gave hints that strike will be its next action.
According to him, the union has a standing rule that if salaries are stopped, work also stops. "I hope they know we have our own standing rules too? If you stop my salary, that means you’re also stopping my work," he stated.
The chairman also hinted that it is a “criminal act” not to pay members’ salaries by January 31 and it could lead to a court case.
“I have worked for you, You’re indebted to me. But, when it’s time for you to pay me, you refuse. That’s criminal act! It can generate legal issues,” he added.
News of FG stopping the payment of salaries of higher institutions’ lecturers yet to enrol in the IPPIS was reported by Legit.ng earlier.
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