The Federal Government on Tuesday charged the newly registered Congress of University Academics (CONUA) and the National Association of Medical and Dental Academics (NAMDA) on professionalism in the nation’s universities.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, made the call during the presentation of certificates of recognition to the unions.
NAMDA split from the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) while CONUA separated was a breakaway faction of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The two unions were registered by the federal government last year.
In his address, the minister urged NAMDA and CONUA to function fully as trade unions in the education industry.
He said: “Don’t behave like ASUU. ASUU wanted to close down government business and we said no. There are consequences to strike. If you go on strike, the law is clear: no salary for you.
“If you have issues, negotiate with government, your employer. Be responsible in your demands. Education is essential service, therefore, no one should decide to shut it down for any reason.
The minister also explained why the government refused to accept some of ASUU’s demands.
Ngige added: “There is nowhere government will go and bring over a trillion naira to give ASUU.
“With what we have done, no minister or government official will sign any agreement that will not be possible to implement unless the labour ministers after me choose to do something contrary to the principles of free bargaining.”
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