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Explains why ASUU’s 8 months back salary was not discussed

Explains why ASUU’s 8 months back salary was not discussed

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

The federal government said it would soon issue a ruling on salary increases for civil servants and civil servants to cushion the effect of high inflation on workers.

The government said the presidential payroll commission was reviewing and expected to issue salary adjustments in the new year.

Labor and Employment Minister Senator Chris Ngige made this known to State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja.

Ngige, who said he was at the seat of power to exhaustively discuss issues related to his ministry, including employment and productivity, described 2022 as a year of labor strife.

Asked if he has discussed the issue of salary increases with the president given rising inflation, he said, “Yes, that is what I am saying that the Presidential Commission on Salaries is working closely with the National Salaries Incomes and Wages Commission. The commission is mandated by the law establishing it to set salaries, wages and emoluments not only in the public service.

“If you want their help and you’re in the private sector, they’ll help you too. They have what is called the reward template, for compensation. So if you work, you get paid, if you don’t work, you don’t get paid.”

On whether a timeline had been set for the introduction of another salary increase, he said: “At the start of the new year, the government will make some statements in that direction.”

Speaking of why he was in the State House, Senator Ngige said he came to brief the president on his ministry’s activities at the end of the year.

According to him, “I came to inform Mr. President, you know that the year is coming to an end and we have to take an exhaustive look at our 2022. As part of my ministry, we need to discuss labor issues and what we could do. First we look at the employment situation in the country and what we have achieved and what we have not achieved.

“Employment is high. I had to tell him what success we are in. We also had a briefing on productivity, which is the various labor disputes we had in 2022.

“It is a year we can call a year of labor strife, starting with the strike of the Academic Staff Union of the Universities, ASUU, which was followed by other sister unions in the university system and even the people in the research institutes.

“And after that, several unions, including the doctors association and its youth wing, the National Association of Resident Doctors, JOHESU, which is also the Joint Health Sector Union, all asked for a raise.

“However, I briefed him, we are conducting a review within the Presidential Commission on Salaries and discussions are underway. The doctors are in consultation with the Ministry of Health, insuring people in the public sector and there is general calm. Hopefully the government can do something within the available resources next year.”

On the government’s stance on the eight-month back wages demanded by ASUU, he noted that the matter is pending in court for a proper interpretation of the Trade Dispute Act as it is a no work, no wages policy on which the government called for the strike. period.

He said: “ASUU has not commented further on their salary as it is one of the issues referred to the National Industrial Court to determine whether a striking worker should be paid in violation of Section 43 of the Trade Dispute Act. , which states that when you go on strike, the consequences are as follows: first, you are not paid, you are not compensated for not going to work to enable your employer to keep the industry or business afloat.”

“You should not be given that money, and that compensation should not be given either. It’s there in section 43 (1). There is a second leg to Article 43, it also stated that the period that you were on strike does not count for you as part of your pensionable period of work in your service. That leg, the government hasn’t touched it, but the no-work-no-pay leg was set in motion by that strike.”

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