University Unions to commence indefinite strike on Feb 5

obinwannerm News University Unions to commence indefinite strike on Feb 5

• NASU, SSANU issue FG
two weeks deadline to meet demands

The joint action committee of the Senior Staff Association of Universities (SSANU), and the Non Academy Staff Union of Universities (NASU), have declared an indefinite strike from February 5, 2021.

This decision was announced Friday in Abuja by Peters Adeyemi, spokesperson of the joint action committee of SSANU and NASU.

Adeyemi stated that federal government has breached the promise they made in October 2020, to address issues that led to the the strike. “Only one of the issues was partially resolved,out of the seven issues under contention,” Adeyemi revealed.

He continued: “These issues include, inconsistencies in IPPIS (Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System) payment, non payment of earned allowances, non payment of arrears of national minimum wage, delay in renegotiation of FG/NASU and SSANU 2009 agreement, non payment of retirement benefit of outgone members, neglect and poor funding of state universities, and non-constitution of visitation panels for universities.”

The two university unions had craved for government attention over the deplorable state of their working condition; but all attempt proved abortive.

Adeyemi in his report said, “Out of the seven, only one has been partially resolved, while other six issues have not been attended to by the government, three months after the memorandum of understanding was signed.

“The two union hereby resolve as follows: that members of the NASU/SSANU shall commence an indefinite, comprehensive and total strike, with effect from Feb 5, 2021.

“Two weeks notice, effect from today, Friday January 22, 2021, is hereby given to the government and relevant stakeholders of this development.

“The October 2020 memorandum of understanding (MOU), resolved that the compliance of SSANU/NASU with respect to IPPIS would be corrected within two weeks.

“But, three months after, there has been no correction of these anomalies leading to a high level of restivenes among our members who have been short-changed on account of the problem caused by IPPIS,” Adeyemi said.

Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News

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