The National Industrial Court has approved the Federal Government’s “No work, No pay” policy against the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). The ruling was made in response to a suit filed by ASUU challenging the legality of the policy. The court ruled that it is within the Federal Government’s right to withhold the salaries of workers who go on strike.
However, the court also held that it is a violation of University Autonomy for the Federal Government to impose the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform on members of ASUU who reserve the right to determine how their salaries should be paid. The court’s ruling comes after ASUU demanded payment of salaries from February 14 to October 7, 2022, when the strike was called off.
The Federal Government’s “No work, No pay” policy has been a contentious issue between the government and labour unions in Nigeria. The policy seeks to discourage workers from embarking on strikes that can cause disruptions to the economy. While some have praised the policy for its effectiveness in reducing the number of strikes, others have criticized it as an infringement of workers’ rights.