University Workers to Begin Strike

University workers have issued a strike notice to press home their demand for the implementation of their 2009 agreement with the Federal Government.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is on strike over the same matter.

The federal government delegation is meeting with the lecturers today to get them to end the strike.

The non-teaching members made up of the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) said the government was taking them for granted.

The unions said they had waited for eight years for the government to implement the agreement.

Speaking at a joint news conference in Abuja, President of SSANU Comrade Samson Ugokwe, said eight years after the agreement, the government had not been responsive to the demands of the unions, pointing out that no action appeared to have been taken on any of the issues.

The demands of the three unions include:

  • The payment of Earned Allowances
  • Review of the governance system in universities
  • Improved funding in line with UNESCO recommendations
  • Provisions of infrastructure in universities and payment of salary shortfall

Other demand include implementation of the National Industrial Court judgment on University staff schools, registration of NUPEMCO, implementation of CONTISS 14 and 15 for Technologists, improvement of teaching and learning facilities in the universities, turning the tide of corruption in the university system, showing more commitment and seriousness in the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/University unions agreement and ensuring the headship of non-teaching units by non-teaching staff employed for the purpose of the units.

Ugokwe said during the strike, there will be no provision of services no matter how skeletal.

He said: “If an agreement was signed in 2009 and now in 2017, we are still asking for the implementation of such agreement, does it not show that we have been exceedingly patient?

“Unfortunately, seven years after, we are still at the sorry situation we were before the MOU as the issues in contention were not addressed and government t kept a dead silence despite letters and entreaties reminding them, of their commitment to the non-teaching staff unions”

Source: Nation


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