Varsity Workers To Embark On Strike After Meeting With FG Ends In Deadlock
The Joint Action Committee of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) have decided to go ahead with their planned strike after their meeting on Tuesday with the Federal Government ended in a deadlock.
The varsity workers want to embark on the strike in order to press home their demands which include the alleged injustice on sharing formula of N40bn Earned Allowance, non-payment minimum wage arrears, delay in renegotiation of FG/NASU and SSANU 2009 agreement, inconsistencies in the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) among others.
The strike would commence on Friday, February 5, 2020.
Speaking to journalists after the meeting on Tuesday, the General Secretary of NASU, Peters Adeyemi said: “We don’t have the mandate to talk about suspending the strike. That’s not within our competence. The mandate of our members stands until they ask us to reverse it.
“We have not concluded the work. There are some issues that developed during the course of our discussions. We need to take back to our members so that they can give us further directive.
“As a result of that development, we asked that the government should allow us time to meet our members and seek for further mandate.
“Clearly, the agenda of the meeting has not been exhausted, so there are still issues to be addressed. In fact, one of the most contentious issues is yet to be discussed.
“We are favourably disposed to dialogue and after discussing with our members, we will come back and continue with the discussion. So far, nothing has been concluded.”