SSANU, NASU begin strike Monday, ASUU continues industrial action

SSANU, NASU begin strike Monday, ASUU continues industrial action


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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