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Varsity Unions To Begin Strike Tomorrow, Branches Written

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Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions have concluded plans to embark on an indefinite industrial strike tomorrow being Friday 5th February, 2021.

The notice of the intended strike was signed by SSANU National President, Mohammed Ibrahim, and NASU General Secretary, was made available to newsmen on Thursday.

As it stands, the non-teaching staff in the universities had declared that they would embark on an inclusive strike over the Federal Government’s handling of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, sharing formula of the N40 billion earned academic allowances and non-payment of arrears of the new minimum wage.

Other compelling reasons include the non-payment of retirement benefits to members of the unions, non-constitution of visitation panels to universities, poor funding of universities, teaching staff usurping the headship of non-teaching units, among others.

In an earlier effort to dissuade the workers from embarking on the strike, the Federal Government had a meeting with the unions but it ended on futility on Tuesday.

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According to the unions, none of the five demands has been attended to by the Federal Government, and committees were set up to address these issues.

Meanwhile, a committee was set up to resolve the misunderstanding over the N40 billion earned allowances and different complaints heralding the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.

The notice reads in part, “In view of the outcome of the meeting, the leadership of JAC of NASU and SSANU at the branches are hereby directed to commence joint general meetings on Friday to give reports on the outcome of the conciliation meeting and pass resolutions on the way forward. In the meantime, the nationwide strike takes effect from 12 midnight, Friday, February 5, 2021, pending any contrary resolution by the branches.”

The committee had earlier embarked on a three-day protest over the government’s fiasco to respect the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the unions on the 20th of October, 2020.

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