By Ola Ajayi & Akinwunmi Bello
IBADAN-THE Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said the threat by the government to enforce â€œno work, no payâ€ rule on the striking members of the Non Academic Staff Union is a flagrant abuse of power.
This was stated by the Deputy President of NLC, Comrade Peters Adeyemi while addressing newsmen in Ibadan, yesterday.
Comrade Adeyemi who also doubles as the General Secretary of NASU condemned the unserious manner with which the government is taking the present situation in the educational sector of the country where thousands of students are denied access to good education as a result of the strike.
Members of NASU and other associated institutions in Nigeria had converged to discuss issues bordering on government policies on education and the present ongoing strike in the educational sector
He explained that the union frowned at the strike because many indigent students who cannot afford studying abroad or attending private universities have been staying at home for months without any hope that the strike would be called off soon.
The labour leader said, â€œyou pushed us to this level and we are reacting, then you use no work, no pay. This is an arbitrary use of powerâ€.
He stated further that the meeting would also discuss how both parties in the crisis would go back to negotiation table to reach an agreement after walking away from the negotiation team led by Deacon Gamaliel Onosode.
Meanwhile, Comrade Fatoki Olushola Cole, Chairman NASU, U.I branch said that the government has made a mistake by granting 40 per cent salary increase as against the NASU members whose salaries were to be increased by 20 per cent.
He added that it was an erroneous conclusion to think that NSAU members are inferior to their ASUU counterparts noting that some members of NASU hold masters and PhD degrees.