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Labour Union Threatens Recent Strike Over Governor Wike’s Disobedience To Court Show On Price Of Lecturers’ 5-365 days Salaries

by Good News

The Senior Workers Affiliation of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Rivers Utter College, has threatened to embark on a fresh strike over the refusal of Governor Nyesom Wike to obey a subsisting court judgment that ordered the on the spot payment of the salaries to lecturers of declare-owned tertiary establishments.

The salaries of the affected lecturers had been stopped by the declare authorities for 5 years, leading to litigation and protests over the subject.


The affected critical and secondary college lecturers working within the personnel or demonstration colleges of Rivers Utter College of Science and Skills, Ignatius Ajuru College of Training and Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic.

In a court doc obtained by SaharaReporters, the Nationwide Industrial Court of Nigeria on June 26, 2018, granted the reliefs sought by the lecturers.

The court held that the lecturers’ employments are right, adding that the stoppage of the associated payment of their salaries by the declare authorities became illegal.

SaharaReporters gathered that after the judgment became delivered, the Rivers Utter authorities appealed the Industrial Court judgment at the Court of Appeal.

Meanwhile, the Court of Appeal struck out the enchantment filed by the declare authorities in October 2020 for inferior entering of the rotten enchantment.

The Chairman of RSU SSANU, Comrade Ene Aaron Osorochi questioned the declare authorities’s refusal to pay the salaries of the lecturers for approximately 5 years.

He then asserted it would per chance embark on strike motion advance January 2022 if the authorities failed to pay the lecturers.

Osorochi mentioned, “Two weeks ago they despatched two females; the declare Ministry of Transportation’s Permanent Secretary and one other personnel from the ministry. The females mentioned they had been recommended to protect shut complaints of the Head of Provider – Rufus Godwin and yarn relief to him. The delegates promised that the Head of Provider shall be on hand in our subsequent meeting as he became unavoidably absent.

“Surprisingly, the females had been these that came this day to yell the head of carrier. We notion they had been going to present us a response but they most efficient recommended us that that they had given the documents we gave them to the Head of Provider and he has handed it to the governor.

“The meeting did now not final bigger than two minutes. We’re no longer happy the least bit with the . We had been demonstrating at the liberation stadium venue of the NBA conference and the Commissioner of Police intervened. We anticipated that by this day we must always always tranquil hear something correct but right here we’re; nothing the least bit.

“The CP mentioned he has given the documents we gave to him the final time we came for the meeting to the governor though no longer individually. We asked him for a certain time to hear from him. The CP mentioned we must always always tranquil advance relief in two weeks’ time.

“On the 30th, we’re coming relief to satisfy him to hear if there might be any data from the governor damaging or certain. We agree with it needs to make certain. From what took declare two days ago; where the governor enforced a court judgment.

“He has to invent this one. Since 2018 the court gave judgment and he has no longer deemed it match to protect shut motion up unless now. Let’s seek for and test up on unless two weeks’ time. If nothing happens we maintain already commenced the strategy of commercial motion. The technique is prolonged and terminates by the shatter of December.

“By January, the union will don’t maintain any varied likelihood than to starting up motion from where we maintain stopped. We will be capable to communicate the language of unionism.”

Talking additionally, the Chairman of the Rivers Civil Society Organisations, Enefa Georgewill mentioned, “We as a civil society organisations, we test up on the genuine prolong by the authorities to present a certain answer as the truth is disappointing. The final time they despatched these representatives, they recommended us that they had been right here on an errand on behalf of the Head of Provider of Rivers Utter.

“That by the following time, the Head of Provider would advance himself; surprisingly these identical representatives came all over again. As a civil society group, we’re disenchanted, we assume that a authorities headed by a lawyer needs to be the first to obey court judgment.

“Very unbiased no longer too prolonged ago, the governor did scream that his authorities obeys court uncover. That’s why inner no longer up to a week, he obeyed the court uncover of a ruling given in make a choice of a paramount ruler. One begins to shock why the governor will clutch and bag which court or ruling to obey and no longer to obey.

“We assume that the authorities, the office of governor, the lecturers and everyone of us are all creation of regulations. As such, we must always always tranquil study to obey court uncover even though it doesn’t accelerate our blueprint.

“Alternatively if we reasonably the truth is feel that authorities is most efficient the usage of prolong tactics to retain us on the dialogue table, we are able to be left with no varied desire than to search the advice of with the lecturers to accelerate relief to the boulevard.

“As at now, the Commissioner of Police has asked us to advance relief relief on the 30th of November 2021 for him to ascertain up on the governor physically and obtain a note from him. We will be capable to appreciate his office from now unless that time. But for us within the civil society condominium, we doubt if our patience will exceed 30th of November 2021.”

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