ASUU Drags Obaseki To Court Over Suspension Of Unions’ Activities
Following the suspension of union activities across state-owned higher institutions, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has taken the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, to the National Industrial Court in Benin.
ASUU, the Non-Academic Staff of Universities (NASU), the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), the Non-Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (NASU), and all allied unions are among the unions that have been suspended.
Edo State Government, Attorney-General, and Commissioner for Justice are also named as defendants in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit filed by Kingsley Obamogie on behalf of claimants, Dr. Cyril Onogbosele (Chairmen) and Dr. William Odion (Assistant Secretary) of ASUU, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, claims that the university’s suspension of trade union activities is unconstitutional, illegal, null and void, and that it is beyond the defendants’ powers.
They also want a declaration that the defendants have no authority to interfere or meddle with the claimants’ right to engage in trade union activities at the Ambrose Alli University in Ekpoma as members of a registered trade union.
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They are also seeking a perpetual injunction prohibiting the defendants, their servants, employees, and/or agents from interfering with or intermeddling with the Claimants’ fundamental right to engage in trade union activities at Ambrose Alli University in Ekpoma, among other injunctions.
The claimants also want the court to decide “whether the defendants are not bereft of power to suspend or prohibit Trade Union Activities of Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma based on the correct interpretation and construction of Section 40 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and 35(3) of the Trade Union Act. Cap. T14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, the defendants are not bereft of power to suspend or prohibit Trade Union
The suit, which is supported by a 15-paragraph affidavit in an originating summons dated June 14, has yet to be scheduled.
Following ASUU’s strike, the Edo State Government, through its Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Osarodion Ogie, announced the suspension of union activities in state-owned institutions and directed “the management of the institution to implement a no-work-no-pay policy, declare vacant and advertise the position of any staff who refuses to resume work in line with this directive.”
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