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Monday, October 21, 2013

No work no pay won't stop us from striking - ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of
Universities (ASUU) has declared
that no amount of threat through
the implementation of no-work-no-
pay rule applied by the federal
government would force its
members to suspend their four
months old industrial action.
According to a statement issued in
Ado-Ekiti State, yesterday by
ASUU, Ilorin Zone and signed by
its coordinator, Dr. Ayan Adeleke,
the union said owners of private
universities, who had allegedly
been advising President Goodluck
Jonathan to whip ASUU into line
through no-work-no-pay rule, were
doing so for selfish motives.
Adeleke said the threat against his
members for their failure to
suspend the strike would not deter
it from fighting to a logical
conclusion.
The body, who lashed out at those
advising the president to apply the
rule, which he described as
'barbaric, obsolete and inhuman',
said no amount of pressure would
dissuade the union from ensuring
that the federal government
implemented the agreements
reached with the body in 2009.
Adeleke, who is the Chairman of
the Ekiti State University chapter of
ASUU, expressed displeasure at the
federal government's resort to
blackmail to coerce ASUU to back-
down on the struggle.
According to him, this would
further fan the ember of acrimony
between the body and the
government.
He urged "people and organisations
appealing to ASUU to call off the
strike to first appeal to the federal
government to implement the
agreements freely entered into in
2009.

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