The Congress of University Academics (CONUA), a breakaway faction of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), says it is going to sue the Federal Government for failing to pay its members their eight months salaries.
CONUA broke away from ASUU during the union’s last industrial action that lasted for eight months. However, despite breaking away from the union, the federal government withheld salaries of its members for the period of the strike action in line with its no work, no pay policy.
But in a statement on Tuesday by its National Coordinator, Dr Niyi Sunmonu, the National Secretary, Dr Henri Oripeloye and the National Publicity Secretary, Dr Ernest Nwoke, the body said it was disappointed that the government refused to pay its members their dues when it was clear that they were not part of the strike that rocked public universities from February 14 to October 14, this year.
According to the union, in a number of letters written to various agencies of the government, including the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, it made it clear that it was not part of the strike called by ASUU.