The federal government has described the two-week warning strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over disagreements on the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) as illegal and shocking.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said this when he spoke with State House correspondents, on Wednesday, after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ngige said there is nothing like warning strike when services are withdrawn, adding that the union failed to give the mandatory notice of their strike action to the federal government as stipulated by the International Labour laws.
The minister stressed that labour laws do not allow the employee to dictate to the employer.
“So I was shocked on Monday, I read and saw some people coming out of the universities that lecturers have gone on strike.
“I have my children in a Nigerian university and I saw them and it is not very cherry news. They didn’t give us the mandatory notice before going on strike. So for a start, this strike is illegal,” he said.