SSANU, NASU commence strike February 5

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The Joint Action Committee of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions have directed their branches to begin strike from February 5.

 It gave the directive in a letter addressed to its branch chairmen on Thursday. 

The document was signed by the SSANU President,  Mohammed Ibrahim, and the NASU General Secretary, Peters Adeyemi.

The letter read in part, “In view of the outcome of the meeting, the leadership of JAC of NASU and SSANU at the branches are hereby directed to commence joint general meetings on Friday to give reports on the outcome of the conciliation meeting and pass resolutions on the way forward.

“In the meantime, the nationwide strike takes effect from 12 midnight, Friday, February 5, 2021, pending any contrary resolution by the branches.”

Recall that the unions had earlier threatened to embark on industrial action over the federal government’s handling of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System as well as the sharing formula of the N40bn earned academic allowances.

The unions equally cited the non-payment of minimum wage arrears/retirement benefits to ex-members, non-constitution of visitation panels to varsities, poor funding, and teaching staff usurping the headship of the non-teaching units.

The federal government had met with the leadership of the unions on Tuesday, trying to stop the strike, but the meeting ended in a deadlock with both unions saying that five of its demands have not been met.

 

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