The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities(SSANU) and the Non- Academic Staff Union(NASU) have announced plans to embark on a 2-weeks warning strike beginning from Monday, October 5.
The two groups jointly declared plans to embark on the industrial action after a meeting of its Joint Action Committee(JAC) today Friday, October 2.
Addressing newsmen shortly after their joint congress held at the University of Lagos(Akoka), the chairmen of SSANU and NASU of UNILAG branch, Olusola Sowunmi, and Kehinde Ajibade, said the strike is general and involve all public universities in the country.
They said the action is a directive from the national leadership of the two unions to all their branches nationwide. According to them, the associations decided to embark on the strike so as to press home their demands on contentious issues from the federal government.
They listed them to include non-payment of arrears of their national minimum wage for 10 months, inconsistency in the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System(IPPIS), non-payment of arrears of their earned allowance since 2012, non-showing of seriousness in renegotiating their 2009 agreement, neglect and poor funding of state universities, corruption and non-constitution of visitation panels as well as a usurpation of headship in non-academic matters by the academic staff as the contentious issues.
The associations warned that they will proceed on a total strike should the Federal government fails to address all their issues while their warning strike lasts.
The associations say all their members had been mobilized for compliance with the directive.
This development comes amidst the 7-month old strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU which is still ongoing.
ASUU agrees to call off strike as FG agrees to pay the union N70bn
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has agreed to call off its strike which has lasted for 8 months.
The union leadership reached the consensus during a meeting with the government team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, on Friday, Nov 27, in Abuja.
The FG also pledged to increase the total payment to the union to N70 billion.
This comes one week after the FG accepted the demand by the ASUU that they be exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.
Strike: FG begins registration of ASUU’s rival union
Amid the ongoing 10-month old strike undertaken by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the federal government has commenced the process of registering a rival union.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige disclosed this when the leadership of Congress of University Academics (CONUA) led by its National Coordinator, Niyi Sunmonu, paid him a courtesy visit on Thursday November 19.
The Minister regretted the long strike by ASUU which he said has negatively affected the educational development of the country.
“We are receiving you in audience formally today in this ministry. We have the right to receive associations of persons that are workers, whether we have registered them or not, just as you have the right to apply for registration which is the lawful thing to do.
“We have the right to receive and hold meetings with you. The journey to have you registered has just started.
“You have done the right thing by applying and this ministry has also done the right thing by processing your registration.
“The review of your application for registration is ongoing. I have put up a committee to look into that review. I will ask the committee to wind up its work.
“We are giving them four weeks from today to turn in their report to the ministry.
“Part of our job here is to register unions; it is also part of our job to make sure that unions that are not functional are helped.”
Ngige also commended the university lecturers for initiating the process to register the union.
ASUU denies suspending strike and reveals that FG has said it will resume meetings with them
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has denied reports that it has suspended the indefinite strike action.
This denial comes after a statement started making the rounds online with the subject, “Notice of suspension of ASUU indefinite strike action of all member universities across Nigeria.”
ASUU shared a screenshot of the statement on Twitter and called it “fake news”.
It added that, “The Federal Government has said it will resume meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Friday.
“The Ministry of Labour and Employment disclosed this on Wednesday night.”
The statement from ASUU continues: “The parley is expected to address various pending issues, including the contentious payment platform preferred by the union.”
Read the rest of ASUU’s tweets below.