Nigerian Universities Begin Another Nationwide Strike
From 15 February 2021, non-teaching workers at universities will begin a nationwide strike over the handling of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) by the Federal Government, sharing the formula of the N40 billion academic allowances received and non-payment of the current minimum wage arrears.
Last week, employees under the Joint Action Committee consisting of the Senior Staff Association of the Universities of Nigeria (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) embarked on a three-day protest against the failure of the government to comply with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed with the unions on 20 October 2020.
Other contentious issues that informed the decision to embark on a national industrial action included inconsistencies in the payment of IPPIS and the delay in renegotiating the 2009 FGN/ASUU/SSANU Agreement, the committee said.
Others include non-payment of retirement benefits to retired students, non-constitution of university visitation commissions, insufficient university funding, usurpation of the headship of non-teaching units by teaching personnel, among others.
The JAC of SSANU and NASU, headed by the National President of SSANU, Comrade Mohammed Ibrahim, and the General Secretary of NASU, Peters Adeyemi, addressed newsmen in Abuja on Friday, saying that of the seven issues in dispute, only one had been partially resolved.
“Out of the seven issues, only one was partially resolved, while the other six were not addressed by the government three months after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding,” JAC said.
JAC noted that 90 per cent of NASU members backed a strike after the congresses held by its branches on Tuesday this week and 10 per cent stood against it. Though 83% of SSANU members supported embarking on a strike, 11% opposed the strike and 6% were indifferent.
It is in accordance with the resolution of our representatives nationally that the leadership of the NASU and SSANU Joint Action Committee shall decide as follows;’
The representatives of NASU and SSANU shall, with effect from midnight on Friday 5 February 2021, participate in an indefinite, comprehensive and absolute strike.’
“The JAC President said, “The two weeks’ notice effective today, Friday 22 January 2021, is hereby given to the government and related stakeholders of this development.
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