Breaking: University workers begin indefinite strike February 5

The non-academic workers at Nigerian universities have announced plans to commence an indefinite strike on February 5, 2021.

The Joint Action Committee of Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions and Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities made this known in a press statement on Friday.

The workers said the strike was necessitated by the Federal Government’s failure to yield to their demands after three-day nationwide protests. A congress meeting was held on January 19 to take a resolution on the possible commencement of an indefinite strike over the non-implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the unions by the Federal Government last October.

After the congress, a majority of the branches voted that there should a strike to press home their demands and other contentious issues – inconsistencies in IPPIS payment, non- payment of earned allowances, non- payment of arrears of national minimum wage, delay in renegotiation of FGN/ NASU and SSANU 2009 agreements, non- payment of retirement benefits of outgone members.

The resolutions across the Branches have been overwhelming and convey the disenchantment of members over the sorry state of affairs. The outcome of the resolutions across the Branches are as follows: NASU – 90 per cent  in support of strike, 10 per cent  against strike; SSANU – 83 per cent in support of strike, 11 per cent against strike, and six per cent indifferent.

It is in line with the resolution of our members nationwide, that the leadership of the Joint Action Committee of NASU and SSANU hereby resolve as follows  – that members of NASU and SSANU shall embark on an indefinite, comprehensive and total strike with effect from midnight of Friday, 5th February 2021.

That two weeks’ notice effective from today, Friday 22nd January 2021, is hereby given to Government and relevant stakeholders of this development

Oladipo Oluwaseyi Bukola

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