Strike: Court Orders ASUU to Resume Work

By: Prudence Okonna

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria, today, ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASSU), to call off its 7 months old Industrial action.

ASUU commenced an indefinite strike action insisting on the implementation of the 2009 agreement entered into between the Union and the Federal Government.

The body also seeks improved funding for the Universities, and reviews salaries of lectures among others.

The seven-month strike met a gridlock after several meetings with the Federal Government.

On 29 August, ASUU announced an indefinite extension of the strike, accusing the government of insincerity.

Following the above, the Federal Government challenged ASUU’s position in court, requesting ASUU members to resume work in their various universities while the issues in dispute are being addressed by the NICN in consonance with the provisions of Section 18 (I) (b) of the TDA Cap T8. LFN 2004

Accordingly, the government, through its counsel, James Igwe, prayed the court for an interlocutory injunction restraining ASUU from taking further steps as regards the strike, pending the determination of the substantive suit.