NASU, SSANU To Begin 14-Day Warning Strike Monday

Members of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) have declared a warning strike beginning from Monday, October 5.

The two groups jointly declared the industrial action on Friday on the platform of the Joint Action Committee (JAC), stating that the strike will be for 14 days across all public universities in the country.

Addressing journalists at the University of Lagos (Akoka) on Friday, the chairmen of SSANU and NASU, UNILAG branch, Olusola Sowunmi and Kehinde Ajibade, respectively said the strike is a directive from the national leadership of the two unions to all their branches nationwide.

The action is to press home the unions’ demands on some contentious issues from the Federal Government. These issues, the unions said, 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;  lack 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.

The unions said they would commence on a total strike if the government failed to address these issues while their warning strike lasted.

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