The senior staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) has threatened to embark on a two-weeks warning strike starting from Monday, October 5, should the government not meet their demands.
Joint Action Committee of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union will commence a 14-day warning strike from October 5 to October 19.
A statement jointly signed by the National President, SSANU, Samson Ugwoke, and General Secretary, NASU, Peter Adeyemi, said the strike was premised on the inconsistencies of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System in the payment of salaries and the non-payment of Earned Allowances to members.
Some other issues mentioned in the statement were, “non-payment of national minimum wage and retirement benefits to our members. The delay in the renegotiation of FGN/NASU and SSANU Agreements, as well as the non-payment of benefits to retired members, teaching staff usurping the headship of non-teaching units and neglect and poor funding of state universities.”
The decision for the industrial action was reached after a meeting by its Joint Action Committee (JAC), today Friday 2nd October 2020, at the University of Lagos.
In their address to newsmen, SSANU and NASU chairmen, Olusola Osuwunmi and Kehinde Ajibade revealed that the strike action involves all public Nigerian Universities.
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According to the unions, the decision to embark on the industrial action was as a result of the unwillingness of the federal government to implement and meet their demands, which includes 10 months non-payment of arrears of their minimum wage, inconsistency in the implementation of the IPPS platform, poor funding of Nigerian universities, non-seriousness in re-negotiating their 2009 agreement, amongst others.
The Association also warned that they would embark on a total strike if their demands are not addressed by the federal government while the warning strike last.
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