ASUU Strike: Appeal Court Orders ASUU To Call Off Strike
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been ordered to end its strike by an appeal court in Abuja.
The appellate court ruled on Friday that ASUU should obey the order of an industrial court ordering the suspension of the strike before filing an appeal.
ASUU has been on strike since February 14 to press for increased university funding and a review of lecturers’ salaries, among other things.
Following the failure of several meetings to resolve the strike, the federal government took the action to the national industrial court.
The industrial court, in a ruling delivered on September 21, granted the federal government’s application for an interlocutory injunction to restrain ASUU from continuing with the strike pending the determination of the substantive suit.
Not satisfied with the ruling, ASUU approached the court ofappeal seeking leave to challenge the lower court’s decision.
The court of appeal on Wednesday had asked the parties to explore the option of an out-of-court settlement.
However, at the court session on Thursday, both parties agreed to proceed with the hearing after failing to reach a settlement.
Delivering a ruling at the resumed court session on Friday, a three-member panel of the appellate court granted the union “conditional leave” to appeal the industrial court’s decision.
The panel led by Hamman Barka said for ASUU to file its notice of appeal within seven days, it must show evidence that its members have resumed work immediately.
The panel held that failure to adhere to the order will make the appeal incompetent before the court of appeal.