Varsity Workers Begin Nationwide Strike Feb 5

Non-teaching staff in the Universities, Friday announced that they will be proceeding on what they described as a total and comprehensive nationwide strike on 5th February 2021 following the inability of the Federal Government to address their concerns. The non-teaching staff under the umbrella of Joint Action Committee, JAC, comprising the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU, and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, SSANU also announced the immediate commencement of a two-week warning strike. Recall that the unions have made series of attempts to draw attention to the Government over latent and growing industrial tension in the university system but all to no avail. The two unions had last week embarked on a three-day protest over the alleged government failure to honour the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, signed with them on 20th October 2020. Besides, the unions have lamented over the difficulties members were passing through as a result of enrollment in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS and the discrepancy in the sharing of the N40 billion Earned Allowances to the four university-based unions where the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU alone was allocated 75 percent of the total sum. Addressing journalists in Abuja, JAC of the unions led by the National President of SSANU, Comrade Mohammed Ibrahim and General Secretary NASU, Prince Peters Adeyemi, said out f the seven issues under contention, only one was partially resolved. They listed the issues which include inconsistencies in IPPIS payment, non-payment of Earned Allowances, non-payment of arrears of national minimum wage, delay in a renegotiation of FG/NASU and SSANU 2009 agreement, non-payment of retirement benefits of outgone members. Other issues are; teaching staff usurping headship of non-teaching units in clear violation of conditions of service and establishment procedures, neglect and poor funding of state universities, and non-constitution of visitation panels for universities. In the prepared text read by the NASU General Secretary, Prince Adeyemi, JAC said: “Out of the seven issues, only one has[…]

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ASSU, NASU, SSANU Begins 14days Warning Strike!

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), on Friday, asked its members to commence a 14-day warning strike. The directive was given by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the two unions in a statement. The statement was jointly signed by Prince Peters Adeyemi for NASU and Comrade Samson Ugwoke for SSANU SSANU and NASU asked members to embark on the warning strike beginning from 5th to 19th, October 2020. According to the unions, the strike had become necessary due to the inconsistencies of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) in the payment of salaries of members of the two unions. The statement read,” Following the recent directives from the National Universities Commission to Vice-Chancellors for immediate resumption/safe reopening of universities you are hereby directed to commence a 14-day warning strike effective from 5th to 19th, October 2020.” Among the demands of the unions are ‘Non-payment of Arrears of Earned Allowance being owed NASU and SSANU members despite various Memoranda of Understanding; non-payment of arrears of national minimum wage to members; non-payment of retirement benefits to outgone members and lack of seriousness by government in the renegotiation of 2009 FGN/NASU and SSANU agreements. Others include usurpation of the headship of non-teaching units by academic staff in violation of conditions of service and establishments; neglect and poor funding of state universities, corruption in the university system and none constitution of Visitation Panel for the universities in line with the laws. NASU and SSANU said the 14-day warning strike is a prelude to a full-blown, total and indefinite industrial action if the demands of the unions are not properly addressed.

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