The school said the law allows them to suspend pay after 90 days of strike
Authorities of Adamawa State University, Mubi, have threatened to stop paying the salaries of its striking lecturers, as the ongoing nationwide strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, enters the third month.
The position was made available to newsmen in a press statement signed by the Registrar of the University J.M Garnvwa.
The statement said the university management based its decision on subsection 4 of the labour act chapter 198, laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990, which grants an employer the power to withhold the salary of any member of staff who was on strike for 90 days.
“No employee shall demand as a right from the employer any payment of the agreed wages after the 90th date of a subsisting strike action,” the law says.
“Every employer however, has an obligation to bring the subsistence and effect of subsection (4) of this section to the notice of the striking employee (s) with the aims of arriving at an amicable resolution of the strike action”, the statement added.
The current strike by the university teachers commenced late June over pay and government’s funding to education.
The lecturers have refused to suspend the strike, insisting that the government fully implements all past agreements reached by both sides.
The Adamawa university management warned the striking workers to note that the 90th date of the subsisting strike action expired on Monday 30th September, 2013, as a result of which the university deemed it right not pay members of the university’s striking workers salaries, anymore.
In a reaction, the chairperson of Academic Staff Union of Universities Adamawa State University Chapte, Molem Ishaku, said they are unperturbed by the “empty threats” by the university’s management.
He said when the union received the threat letter, its officials met with the Vice Chancellor of the school, Professor Alkasum Abbah, and informed him that the strike was a national issue and they will continue to abide by the decision of the national body of ASUU until they receive a contrary directive from it.
Mr Ishaku added that there is no going back on the strike and they will never allow the University management to short change them of their salaries by a kobo. He accused the V.C is partially implementing the labor act to suit his interests.
“We are fully backed by ASUU and we have consulted them on the issue and got their full pledged support to continue with the strike as the university management is lopsidedly implementing the law to suit their interest”, Mr Ishaku added.