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Nigerian University Workers Threaten Indefinite Strike



Latest: Nigerian University Workers: NASU, SSANU Threaten Indefinite Strike

The Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) have both threathened to embark on an indefinite strike over what it says was the Federal Government’s nonchalant attitude towards implementing the 2009 agreements it signed with the two unions. Solomon Alfa, National Vice President of SSANU for the north, disclosed this during a briefing with journalists in Abuja on Thursday.

Comrade Solomon Alfa, stated that JAC was demanding the sum of N30 billion from federal government for non-payment to the non-teaching staff in order to close the gap it created by the discriminatory allocations. He said that the Federal Government had earlier disbursed N25 billion which was allocated to federal universities in 2019, with 80% of the sum allocated to the teaching staff (ASUU) while only N5bn 20% to the entire non-teaching staff were included.

The unions are currently on a five-day warning strike, which commenced on Monday. Reports say that non-academic activities at the Federal University, Lokoja (FUL) have been immobilized by the industrial action  embarked upon by the unions.

Chairman of Joint Action Committee (JAC)/SSANU at the university, Comrade Uche Onyedi, explained that the warning strike broke out over issues bordering on Earned Allowances, non reinstatement of staff laid off from universities’ staff schools by the federal government and the issue of renegotiation of its 2009 agreement with the government.

According to him, the union will begin indefinite strike action if the federal government failed to address their grievances at the end of the ongoing warning strike action.

Also, the shutdown of non-academic activities within the University of Ibadan has been reported. Chairman of SSANU in UI, Wale Akinremi, revealed that the unions are committed about going on an indefinite strike except the government meets their demands.

Earlier: Nigerian University Workers to Commence Strike on Monday

Nigerian University workers have said that they would embark on a warning strike from Monday until their demand to the government is met.

The planned one-week strike, which will last from August 19 to 23, is coming four months after the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) suspended their two-month strike.

In a letter on Friday, the non-academic unions comprising the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), said, “At the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum on August 18, 2019 without a positive response from the Federal Government of Nigeria, members shall proceed on a five-day warning strike in all branches from Monday 19 to Friday 23 August 2019.”

The unions said the contending issues include payment of earned allowances, university staff schools matter, renegotiation of 2019 FGN/unions agreement among others.

It therefore directed all members to comply with the action or face sanctions.

The letter further said, “You are therefore directed to properly mobilise our members for this action. All defaulting branches shall be sanctioned accordingly. Please be guided.”

Recall that the unions embarked on a nationwide strike on December 4, 2017 following the failure of the government to address their grievances, however, it was suspended in March 2018.

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