From Benjamin Babine, Abuja
The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) have disclosed that they will be embarking on “an indefinite, comprehensive and total strike” from February fifth.
The Joint Action Committee of each unions, disclosed this whereas addressing reporters in a press convention on Friday. The committee defined that it is giving the Government two weeks until February fifth to deal with its calls for, else the industrial motion will begin.
The unions had embarked on a fourteen day warning strike between fifth and nineteenth of October 2020 in protest of a quantity of points bordering on the welfare of their members. The warning strike culminated the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the twentieth of October, 2020 between the representatives of the unions and the authorities.
The committee disclosed that out of the eight calls for it made to the authorities, just one had applied. The spokesperson, Comrade Peter’s Adeyemi stated: “the ongoing industrial tensions in the University System stem from the failure of Government to respect Collective Bargaining Agreements entered into with the Joint Action Committee of NASU and SSANU.”
“Out of eight of the issues, only one has been partially resolved while the other seven have not been attended to by Government, three months after the Memorandum of Understandiny was signed,” he stated.
“It is in line with the decision of our members nationwide, that the management of the Jount Action Committee of NASU and SSANU hereby resolve that members of NASU and SSANU shall embark on an indefinite, complete and whole strike with impact from midnight of Friday, fifth of February.
“Also, a two weeks notice effective from today, Friday 22nd January 2021, is hereby given to the Government and relevant stakeholders.”
The eight points for which an MoU was signed are: Inconsistencies in IPPIS fee, Non-payment of earned allowances, Non-payment of arrears of National Minimum Wage, Delay in renegotiation of FGN/NASU and SSANU 2009 settlement, Non-payment of retirement advantages of outgone members.
Other points complained about have been: educating employees usurping headship of non-teaching models in clear violation of circumstances of service and institution procedures, neglect and poor funding of state universities, and non-constitution of visitation panels for universities.
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