ASUU STRIKE: Group Drags Union To Court

THE strike action embarked upon by university lecturers has assumed another dimension as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been dragged before the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) over the lingering strike action.

asuu.1The suit, with the number NICW/Abj/242/2013 which also has ministers of labour and productivity, education, finance and justice, as well as secretary to the government of the federation as defendants, was instituted by the registered trustees of Golden Women of Integrity and Vision Association and Mrs. Florence Uche Ojieh.

In the suit, the claimants are asking the court to determine whether the strike action embarked upon by ASUU is not illegal and contrary to law and whether members of the union are not bound by the policy of ‘no work no pay’ and therefore not entitled to their salary during the period of the strike.

They also asked the court to determine whether members of ASUU are entitled to continue to retain their employment, having abandoned or deemed to have abandoned their work in the universities; whether or not the union complied with the mandatory provisions of Section 4 and 5 of the Trade Dispute Act CAP T8 LFN 2004 before embarking on the strike; whether the union has complied with the provision of Section 8 of the Trade Disputes Act CAP T8 LFN 2004; whether or not the minister of education is not entitled to determine the employment of the union, same having abandoned or deemed to have abandoned their work in their universities and whether or not the doctrine of collective bargain or the purported 2009 agreement can be the basis for the strike action by ASUU same not having been incorporated in their contract of employment between it and the federal government.

The reliefs sought by the claimants include a declaration that the strike action embarked upon by ASUU since July 2, 2013 is illegal, unconstitutional, null and void.

Other reliefs are an order of mandatory injunction directing the union to go back to work immediately and unconditionally; an order directing the union to return or refund all monies paid to it by the federal government in error or otherwise; an order directing ASUU to return to the negotiation table and a declaration that the strike action is illegal, unconstitutional, null and void.


  1. I think it is high time for ASSU to put an end to this ongoing strike based on the fact that the step they took was not legal. Logistics has to be put in place before embarking on such event. I think the FG should embark on operation no work no pay. With this something reasonable shall be achieved.

  2. Women faction or wateva, i am a student and the strike action bites. but look at all angles before taking hasty actions dat will cause more damage. asuu has every right to embark on this strike becos the federal government is very insincere. the monies in question is the entitlement of the union as was agreed with the fg in 2009 and up till now it hasnt been paid. why? For these groups and individuals to drag asuu to court, it means dat politics is at play here and i suspect dat it is the federal governments new strategy to get the union to go back to work which is not fair. Why cant the government just pay the money nd b done with it? Why drag herself thru dis unnecessary shame and ridicule? The amount in question pales in comparison 2 useless tins govt has spent money on. Wen pensioneers, civil servants go on strike, were their various unions dragged to court? Even wen associations of polytechnics went on strike for 3 whole months, did u (women faction) drag them to court? why must dat of asuu be different?


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