The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has thrown its weight behind the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on its insistence on the payment of the withheld salaries of its members as a condition for ending the over six-month-old strike.
The labour union said it was unfair for the Federal Government to invoke a no-work, no pay rule on university teachers, saying the teachers were not the cause of the lingering strike.
It urged the government to “tone down its rhetoric and be more accommodating”, adding that its threat to embark on a nationwide strike over the lockdown of the universities was still on course.
Benson Upah, Head of Information of the NLC, said the union’s position tallied with that of the students that Public-Private Partnership (PPP) was a way out of ending the crises.
Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Education Goodluck Opiah has advised Nigerians not to allow reports on the ASUU strike to rub off the gains of the over N3 trillion investment by the government in the sector.