SSANU, NASU threaten strike over pending issues with Govt

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Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour

THE Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) plan to emabark on strike over unresolved issues with the Federal Government as soon as the universities reopen.

The Chairman, Joint Action Committee (JAC) of both unions, Mr Samson Ugwoke, on Thursday in Abuja, disclosed this while relating to newsmen the resolutions reached by the unions on Thursday in Abuja.

National President of SSANU, Mr Samson Ugwoke, and the General Secretary of NASU, Mr Peters Adeyemi signed the resolutions.

The grievances of the unions included the lingering Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) debacle, non payment of arrears of earned allowance and minimum wage.

Others are the alleged lack of seriousness by the Babalakin Committee renegotiating the 2009 FG/NASU, SSANU agreements, neglect and poor funding of state universities, absence of visitation panels, among others.

According to Ugwoke, long after many other sectors had been paid the arrears of the national minimum wage and consequential adjustment, university workers are yet to be paid.

“We find this development totally unwholesome and very unhealthy,” he said.

He pointed out that in spite of the series of letters by the unions to IPPIS Office since February, their members were still confronted with many challenges, including salary payment.

Ugwuoke argued that as responsible unions, they had avoided the planned action, adding that the unhealthy situation had made it inevitable.

“We have again cried out to the general public with a view to inviting stakeholders and well meaning Nigerians to prevail on the government to correct the anomaly of IPPIS.

”Pay us the arrears of both earned allowances and minimum wage, among others,” Ugwoke said.

He warned that the unions would have no option than to embark on strike effective from when universities would reopen after the COVID-19 lockdown.

“If by the time schools are asked to reopen and the needful is not done, it means hope is lost and the avoidable industrial conflict becomes inevitable,” he said. (NAN)

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