Federal Government drags ASUU to court over lingering strike

Federal Government has dragged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to the National Industrial Court over the union’s ongoing strike which is in its seventh month.

In a statement, Head of Press and Public Relations at the Ministry of Labor and Employment, Olajide Oshundun, said the Federal Government took the decision after dialogue between it and ASUU failed.

The government wants the National Industrial Court to order ASUU members to resume work, while the issues in dispute are being addressed by the court.

The referral instrument addressed to the Registrar of Industrial Court was dated September eight and signed by the Minister of Labor and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige.

The case is scheduled for mention today and the Federal Government is asking the court to determine whether the strike by ASUU is legal or not.

Also, the government wants the court to interpret in its entirety the provisions of Section eighteen LFN two thousand and four, especially as it applies to the cessation of the strike once a trade dispute is apprehended by the Minister of Labor and Employment and conciliation is ongoing.