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CONUA DECRIES FG'S BETRAYAL OF MEMBERS OVER 8MONTHS OWED SALARIES; THREATENS TO SUE!

CONUA DECRIES FG'S BETRAYAL OF MEMBERS OVER 8MONTHS OWED SALARIES; THREATENS TO SUE!







 

The newly registered Congress of University Academics (CONUA) has declared war on the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige and the Federal government over owing it's members 8 months salaries despite their loyalty to the FG as against the indefinite general strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).


Recall that CONUA got registered after declaring against the ASUU strike in a glamorous event anchored by Chris Ngige, the Labour Minister. Many had expected that lecturers loyal to CONUA would be smiling home now while majority loyal to ASUU would be the ones affected by the FG's " No Work, No Pay!" policy.


But according to executives of CONUA in a statement on Tuesday, signed by its National President, Secretary and Publicity Secretary, Dr Niyi Sunmonu, Dr Henry Oripeloye and Dr Ernest Nwoke, respectively, said it was wrong for the FG to lump CONUA with members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities who went on eight months strike between February and October, 2022.


The statement partly read, “CONUA formally made its non-involvement in the strike known to the Federal Government in a letter addressed to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, in April 2022.


“In the letter, we made it clear that because CONUA constituted a separate and independent union in the university system, our members did not call for any strike. This was followed by a Press Conference in Abuja on August 19, 2022 at which it was categorically stated that CONUA was not part of any ongoing strike, and that the “No Work No Pay” principle ought not to apply to members of the union.


“CONUA’s expectation is that, due to the express and categorical declaration, the government would seamlessly release our members’ outstanding salaries when it resumed the payment of salaries to all university staff in October 2022. But to our dismay, CONUA members were also paid pro-rata salaries in complete disregard to the fact that we were indeed shut out of duties by the strike.


“Subsequently, we wrote to the Accountant-General of the Federatฤฑon and the Ministry of Labour and Employment reminding them that it was an error to lump our members with those that declared and embarked on strike action. It was yet another shock for the outstanding backlog of salaries not to have been paid to our members along with the November 2022 salary.”


CONUA said the non-payment of “our withheld salaries” contravenes Section 43 (1b) of the Trade Disputes Act CAP. T8, which stated that “where any employer locks out his workers, the workers shall be entitled to wages and any other applicable remunerations for the period of the lock-out and the period of the lock-out shall not prejudicially affect any rights of the workers being rights dependent on the continuity of period of employment This provision is consistent with global best practices."


Summonu then noted that CONUA will have to take the Federal government to court over the non-payment of workers.


“From the foregoing and as a law-abiding union that pledged to do things differently, we have resolved to seek legal redress of the illegal withholding of our legitimate salaries by taking the matter to court in consonance with the rights enshrined in our laws,” the union said.


In October, the FG registered CONUA, who had opted to be different from ASUU by bringing new methods as against strike to press home the demands of lecturers for better welfare and university funding.

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The newly registered Congress of University Academics (CONUA) has declared war on the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige and the Federal government over owing it's members 8 months salaries despite their loyalty to the FG as against the indefinite general strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).


Recall that CONUA got registered after declaring against the ASUU strike in a glamorous event anchored by Chris Ngige, the Labour Minister. Many had expected that lecturers loyal to CONUA would be smiling home now while majority loyal to ASUU would be the ones affected by the FG's " No Work, No Pay!" policy.


But according to executives of CONUA in a statement on Tuesday, signed by its National President, Secretary and Publicity Secretary, Dr Niyi Sunmonu, Dr Henry Oripeloye and Dr Ernest Nwoke, respectively, said it was wrong for the FG to lump CONUA with members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities who went on eight months strike between February and October, 2022.


The statement partly read, “CONUA formally made its non-involvement in the strike known to the Federal Government in a letter addressed to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, in April 2022.


“In the letter, we made it clear that because CONUA constituted a separate and independent union in the university system, our members did not call for any strike. This was followed by a Press Conference in Abuja on August 19, 2022 at which it was categorically stated that CONUA was not part of any ongoing strike, and that the “No Work No Pay” principle ought not to apply to members of the union.


“CONUA’s expectation is that, due to the express and categorical declaration, the government would seamlessly release our members’ outstanding salaries when it resumed the payment of salaries to all university staff in October 2022. But to our dismay, CONUA members were also paid pro-rata salaries in complete disregard to the fact that we were indeed shut out of duties by the strike.


“Subsequently, we wrote to the Accountant-General of the Federatฤฑon and the Ministry of Labour and Employment reminding them that it was an error to lump our members with those that declared and embarked on strike action. It was yet another shock for the outstanding backlog of salaries not to have been paid to our members along with the November 2022 salary.”


CONUA said the non-payment of “our withheld salaries” contravenes Section 43 (1b) of the Trade Disputes Act CAP. T8, which stated that “where any employer locks out his workers, the workers shall be entitled to wages and any other applicable remunerations for the period of the lock-out and the period of the lock-out shall not prejudicially affect any rights of the workers being rights dependent on the continuity of period of employment This provision is consistent with global best practices."


Summonu then noted that CONUA will have to take the Federal government to court over the non-payment of workers.


“From the foregoing and as a law-abiding union that pledged to do things differently, we have resolved to seek legal redress of the illegal withholding of our legitimate salaries by taking the matter to court in consonance with the rights enshrined in our laws,” the union said.


In October, the FG registered CONUA, who had opted to be different from ASUU by bringing new methods as against strike to press home the demands of lecturers for better welfare and university funding.

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COURTS CLOSURE: HOLD DAPO ABIODUN RESPONSIBLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS - FESTUS OGUN

COURTS CLOSURE: HOLD DAPO ABIODUN RESPONSIBLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS - FESTUS OGUN









The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), last week, called off its strike action that lingered for about two months. They embarked on the industrial action as a result of the government’s refusal to pay judiciary workers their full salary. 


While we are pleased that courts across the state are now opened, it is important to note that the strike action should not have happened in the first place if the leadership of Ogun State was indeed committed to an efficient administration of justice, independence of the judiciary and respect for human rights. It is an aberration that courts are closed in a democratic society.


A great number of presumably innocent citizens were detained unjustly as a result of courts closures. The police, courts and correctional services were left helpless because little or nothing can be achieved when the courts are under locks and keys. Police cells were overcrowded and prison detainees who should access the courts for their liberties were left to their fates. Consequently, the closure of courts has aided gross human rights violations and the government seems unconcerned about the plight of victims of its failure. This is totally unacceptable.


We will hold Prince Dapo Abiodun responsible for all forms of human rights violations that occurred as a result of courts closure in Ogun State. We will never allow such an assault on human rights to pass without consequences. Those who swore oaths of office to protect the dignity and liberty of the people cannot continue to recklessly encroach on human rights through terrible policies. 


Holding Governor Abiodun accountable will be a lesson to other political office holders who believe they can treat the judiciary with contempt and disregard. 


The sacred nature of human rights and civil liberties will never allow us shy away from the inefficiency of the Ogun State Government. We will not fold our hands and allow state authorities to ride roguishly on the fundamental rights of our people. 


FESTUS OGUN, ESQ

27/9/2021









The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), last week, called off its strike action that lingered for about two months. They embarked on the industrial action as a result of the government’s refusal to pay judiciary workers their full salary. 


While we are pleased that courts across the state are now opened, it is important to note that the strike action should not have happened in the first place if the leadership of Ogun State was indeed committed to an efficient administration of justice, independence of the judiciary and respect for human rights. It is an aberration that courts are closed in a democratic society.


A great number of presumably innocent citizens were detained unjustly as a result of courts closures. The police, courts and correctional services were left helpless because little or nothing can be achieved when the courts are under locks and keys. Police cells were overcrowded and prison detainees who should access the courts for their liberties were left to their fates. Consequently, the closure of courts has aided gross human rights violations and the government seems unconcerned about the plight of victims of its failure. This is totally unacceptable.


We will hold Prince Dapo Abiodun responsible for all forms of human rights violations that occurred as a result of courts closure in Ogun State. We will never allow such an assault on human rights to pass without consequences. Those who swore oaths of office to protect the dignity and liberty of the people cannot continue to recklessly encroach on human rights through terrible policies. 


Holding Governor Abiodun accountable will be a lesson to other political office holders who believe they can treat the judiciary with contempt and disregard. 


The sacred nature of human rights and civil liberties will never allow us shy away from the inefficiency of the Ogun State Government. We will not fold our hands and allow state authorities to ride roguishly on the fundamental rights of our people. 


FESTUS OGUN, ESQ

27/9/2021

CORE Supports joint NLC/TUC General Strike, Calls for mass protest, mobilises for global October 1 protest

CORE Supports joint NLC/TUC General Strike, Calls for mass protest, mobilises for global October 1 protest

 PRESS STATEMENT - 23/09/2020

*CORE Supports joint NLC/TUC General Strike*

*Calls for mass protest, mobilises for global October 1 protest*



Coalition for Revolution (CORE) welcomes the resolutions of the leadership organs of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress to jointly organise a general strike and mass protests demanding reversal of the fuel pump price and electricity tariff hikes, and an end to anti-poor people policies of the regime.


In unity and organisation lies the strength of working-class people. As the most organised bodies of workers, the role of trade unions in generalising resistance to the exploitation and oppression of the masses cannot be overemphasized. We thus hasten to stress that, much more important than considerations of increased “cost of doing business in Nigeria”, what is at stake as the NLC decision points out is that, the regime’s polices foster impoverishment of “the already impoverished masses”.


In line with the 22 September resolution of the NLC’s National Executive Council “to begin a mass mobilization of the Nigerian people, professional groups, religious organizations, market women, the informal sector and Congress civil society allies towards total compliance” with its general strike directive, CORE urges the trade unions to organise rallies and mass meetings over the next few days to build momentum for the strike. 


Further, we call on the trade unions to stand firm and not be wooed by partial reversals and sweet tonguing of the government. Rank and file workers have time and again expressed their disappointment at NLC & TUC’ for acceptance of tokenist reductions when much more could have been won. This time must be different.


CORE activists are working people and youth at the grassroots. We will be at the barricades with the trade unions, committed to uncompromised fightback. CORE stands for the full reversal of systemic impoverishment of the masses. This puts struggle for total liberation of the masses to effect system change on the order of the day. 


Every single battle, including for the reversal of fuel pump price and electricity tariff hikes has to be viewed and pursued from this overarching perspective of the class war between a handful of exploiters on one hand and the exploited and marginalised masses, who constitute the immense majority of the population on the other. 


Thus, in line with the action plan of CORE for its #RevolutionNow campaign as adopted at its 18 July Plenary Session, the coalition is organising a nationwide and global protest on 1 October. After 60 years of flag independence, the struggle for total liberation must be pursued with all vigour.


The future awaits our stand today. As we dare to struggle, we dare to win. The people united can never be defeated. 


*Baba AYE*

Co-convener


*Gbenga KOMOLAFE*

Co-convener

 PRESS STATEMENT - 23/09/2020

*CORE Supports joint NLC/TUC General Strike*

*Calls for mass protest, mobilises for global October 1 protest*



Coalition for Revolution (CORE) welcomes the resolutions of the leadership organs of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress to jointly organise a general strike and mass protests demanding reversal of the fuel pump price and electricity tariff hikes, and an end to anti-poor people policies of the regime.


In unity and organisation lies the strength of working-class people. As the most organised bodies of workers, the role of trade unions in generalising resistance to the exploitation and oppression of the masses cannot be overemphasized. We thus hasten to stress that, much more important than considerations of increased “cost of doing business in Nigeria”, what is at stake as the NLC decision points out is that, the regime’s polices foster impoverishment of “the already impoverished masses”.


In line with the 22 September resolution of the NLC’s National Executive Council “to begin a mass mobilization of the Nigerian people, professional groups, religious organizations, market women, the informal sector and Congress civil society allies towards total compliance” with its general strike directive, CORE urges the trade unions to organise rallies and mass meetings over the next few days to build momentum for the strike. 


Further, we call on the trade unions to stand firm and not be wooed by partial reversals and sweet tonguing of the government. Rank and file workers have time and again expressed their disappointment at NLC & TUC’ for acceptance of tokenist reductions when much more could have been won. This time must be different.


CORE activists are working people and youth at the grassroots. We will be at the barricades with the trade unions, committed to uncompromised fightback. CORE stands for the full reversal of systemic impoverishment of the masses. This puts struggle for total liberation of the masses to effect system change on the order of the day. 


Every single battle, including for the reversal of fuel pump price and electricity tariff hikes has to be viewed and pursued from this overarching perspective of the class war between a handful of exploiters on one hand and the exploited and marginalised masses, who constitute the immense majority of the population on the other. 


Thus, in line with the action plan of CORE for its #RevolutionNow campaign as adopted at its 18 July Plenary Session, the coalition is organising a nationwide and global protest on 1 October. After 60 years of flag independence, the struggle for total liberation must be pursued with all vigour.


The future awaits our stand today. As we dare to struggle, we dare to win. The people united can never be defeated. 


*Baba AYE*

Co-convener


*Gbenga KOMOLAFE*

Co-convener

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