SSANU, NASU begin strike Monday, ASUU continues industrial action

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Joint Action Committee of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and the Non -Academic Staff Union will commence a 14- day warning strike from October 5 to October 19.

A statement jointly signed by the National President , SSANU , Samson Ugwoke , and General Secretary , NASU , Peter Adeyemi, said the strike was premised on the inconsistencies of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System in the payment of salaries and the non- payment of Earned Allowances to members .

Some other issues mentioned in the statement were , “ non -payment of national minimum wage and retirement benefits to our members . The delay in the renegotiation of FGN /NASU and SSANU Agreements, as well as the non -payment of benefits to retired members , teaching staff usurping the headship of non- teaching units and neglect and poor funding of state universities. ”

“ Please note that this warning strike is a prelude to a full blown total and indefinite industrial action if the grievances highlighted above are not properly addressed, ” the statement added .

While addressing journalists after a joint congress in front of the University of Lagos Senate building on Friday, the branch chairmen of UNILAG chapters of SSANU and NASU , Olusola Sowunmi and Kehinde Ajibade , said they were now rejecting IPPIS because the government promised to take care of the peculiarities of the university system , but failed to do so .
Sowunmi said , “
We are disappointed with the turnout of things . The IPPIS failed to meet our expectations and our retired members are not being paid as and when due . Also , we are not being paid the new minimum wage that other agencies of government have been enjoying.

The new wage is a matter of law as it was an act of parliament . ”

Ajibade said if the government could find means of paying other workers the new minimum wage , it should also pay them .

He said , “ Just as the government has given schools notice of resumption, our national leadership also gave us the notice to announce this warning strike over a month ago . After the two weeks , if nothing is done to address our concerns, we will meet and deliberate on the next line of action. ”

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