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Employees Can’t Dictate How Salary Will Be Paid, Ngige Insists

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As the country braces up to the challenge of a looming industrial action in public-owned universities over implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has insisted that no employee is at liberty to decide how to be paid and urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to exercise caution in pushing their case.

While reacting to reports of threats by ASUU to observe a ‘no pay, no work’ if the federal government goes ahead to stop salaries of lecturers for not registering with IPPIS, Ngige said there had not been any notice of strike from the union.

Ngige who spoke to THISDAY said: “I am not aware of ASUU’s threat to go on strike. I also don’t think it is a labour issue now, they are still discussing with their employers.

“But I don’t think that it is proper that an employee should dictate to his employer how he is to be paid. What is important is that he should be paid”.

ASUU had rejected the plan by the federal government to include university workers in IPPIS, describing it as a scam and threat to the university system.

President Muhammadu Buhari had issued a directive for the implementation of the IPPIS for the payment of salaries of all federal government workers.

The president said any worker not on the platform would not receive salary with effect from October 31.

But ASUU had argued that the attempt by the federal government to “forcefully” enroll staff of universities in the IPPIS was not only illegal, but a violation of university autonomy.

According to the union, IPPIS not only violates university autonomy but FG/ASUU agreement and did not tackle the peculiarity inherent in the nature and structure of universities.

For instance, the union said IPPIS did not capture the renumeration of staff on sabbatical, external examiners and assessors, earned academics allowances part time and consultancy services being rendered by lecturers across universities.

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