Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana faults Federal Government threat on no work no pay to ASUU

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Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana on Sunday described as illegal the circular issued by the Federal Government threatening not to pay members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities who are on strike.

Falana asked the Federal Government to immediately withdraw the “illegal circular” which he said was in violation of various judgments of the Supreme Court.

He said the Federal Government was “not properly advised “in resorting to the desperate measure”.

Faulting the justification of the strike with the Federal Government’s reference to section 43 (1) of the Trade Disputes Act, Falana said that going by the decision of the apex court in Olufeagba & Ors v Abdul-Raheem  in 2010, the Vice-Chancellors lacked the power to seize the salaries of the striking lecturers as directed by the Federal Government.

He insisted that “the latest strike embarked upon by ASUU has complied with the provisions of section 31 (6) of the Trade Disputes (Amendment) Act, 2005”.

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