BREAKING: Appeal Court Orders ASUU To Call Off Strike

BREAKING: Appeal Court Orders ASUU To Call Off Strike
BREAKING: Appeal Court Orders ASUU To Call Off Strike

The court of appeal sitting in Abuja has ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its 8 months long strike.

At the court session on Friday, the appellate court said ASUU should obey the order of an industrial court which directed the suspension of the strike before seeking to appeal the judgment.

ASUU has been on strike since February 14 in an effort to make the demand for improved funding for universities, and a review of salaries for lecturers, among other issues heard by the government.

After several meetings to resolve the issues within both parties and call off the strike ended inconclusively, the federal government proceeded to the national industrial court to challenge the action

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 of appeal 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.

During 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.