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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Don't Ever Victimize Any Of Your Staff Over Union Activities - Court Orders FUNAAB

              •FUNAAB - VC, Prof. Salako


| The Daily Crucible | Wednesday, June 1, 2022

An Ibadan division of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, has perpetually restrained the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) from intimidating, threatening or victimizing any of its worker(s) who participate or actually participated in Trade Union activities.

The restraining order was given in favour of the Non Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) branch of the university and its members.

The Industrial Court also cast aside and ordered the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Felix Kolawole Salako, to withdraw the query he issued to Onogwu James and any other member of NASU on the ground of violation of undertaking not to take part in any Union action.

Not done, the court proceeded to order FUNAAB to pay a sum of N200,000 as compensation to one of its staff over querry.

 It also ordered the immediate disbandment of the investigative committee set up to investigate the eligible members of NASU on the basis of an undertaking not to take part in any Union actions as contained in the query letter…

“A perpetual injunction is hereby issued restraining the 1st defendant…from intimidating, threatening or victimizing any of its worker(s) who participate or actually participated in Trade Union activities with the claimant’s union.

“The respondents are ordered to pay the cost of this action assesses at Two hundred Thousand Naira only to the Applicant,” the court order reads.

This followed what NASU deemed an assault on her members' fundamental rights when, on the 26th of October, 2021 in an internal memo referenced FUNNAB/R/JP.1679 through the office of the deputy registrar, FUNAAB issued a query to the following: Ayegba Lawrence, Kolawole Olusegun, Elemide Ismai, Oladipupo Adeola and John Andrew where it demanded explanations why a disciplinary action should not be taken against them for violting their undertaking.

Others served same query are Oguntade Emmanuel, Icheme Amos and Onogwu James 

The Daily Crucible learnt that the affected eight staff were queried by the university for involvement in union activities after they had allegedly signed an undertaking not to participate in union actions.

Although while matter lasted in the court,  FUNNAB denied the said undertaking, but admitted issuing query to just a staff. It also questioned the court’s jurisdiction to hear the case.

But NASU which approached the court through their lawyer, Benjamin Ogunleye to protect its members, prayed the court nullify the undertaking and query, citing  violation of human rights and a breach of international best practices in Labour employment as reasons for seeking Court's protection for its people.

The Daily Crucible sighted a copy of the judgment which was delievered May 5, 2022 by Justice J.D Peters in the ruling of suit no: NICN/IB/71/2021.

The Judge declared that the query issued against the staff is a violation of human rights.

He therefore ordered the disbandment of the investigation committee and payment of N200,000 to the applicant.

His judgement “I hereby set aside and order the 2nd defendant to withdraw the query issued to Onogwu James and any other member of the applicant on the ground of violation of undertaking not to take part in any Union action.

“I order the immediate disbandment of the investigative committee set up to investigate the eligible members of the claimant on the ground of an undertaking not to take part in any Union actions as contained in the query letter…

“A perpetual injunction is hereby issued restraining the 1st defendant…from intimidating, threatening or victimizing any of its worker(s) who participate or actually participated in Trade Union activities with the claimant’s union.

“The respondents are ordered to pay the cost of this action assesses at Two hundred Thousand Naira only to the Applicant.”




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