The Federal Government has reaffirmed its threat not to pay any of its employees who are on strike or who are absent from work without proper authorization.

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The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) launched a two-week warning strike today.

Activities in the nation’s public universities have been completely grounded as a result of the warning strike by SSANU and NASU. The Academic Staff Union of Universities and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) are already on strike because the federal government has failed to implement commitment to keeping with them.

Sen Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, told The Nation last night that the government had decided to implement the “No-work, No Pay” policy in accordance with Section 43 of the Labour Law.

The unions’ actions, according to Ngige, amounted to “false leave” and a declaration of forced vacations for students. He made it clear that the government was not “Father Christmas.”

“Anyone on strike now will not be paid in accordance with Section 43,” he said.

“What they’re doing (unions) is taking false leave; they’re forcing their employers to close down some of their universities and declare a student holiday as a result.”

“So you won’t get paid if you do that.” Government is not Father Christmas, where you will not be paid if you do not work.”

In a joint statement issued yesterday, SSANU and NASU announced the start of the warning strike, stating that “no concession should be given in any guise.”

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