NASU threatens to go on strike again

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The leadership of non-teaching staff of Nigerian universities has fixed a meeting for July 4 to decide its next line of action following the failure of the federal government to implement the agreement it entered with the workers over three months ago.

The unions- Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU, and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) went on an indefinite strike action on December 4, 2017 over the sharing of N23 billion the government released to the universities as earned allowances.

The workers suspended the strike on March 15 after an agreement with the government. Although the unions gave the government five weeks to implement the agreement, this has not been done 13 weeks later.

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The spokesperson for SSANU, Abdussobur Salaam said “The development in the past few weeks is disheartening and very disappointing and what it has continued to show to us as non-teaching staffers in the university is that this government is very insincere, very irresponsible when it comes to honouring agreements,”

He said “Our members in the staff schools are still out of jobs, as we speak, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife is about to implement the disengagement of the staff in the University staff school which is in gross contravention of the court ruling of the National Industrial Court of December 5, 2016 and also in gross contravention of our agreement that was signed in February this year, which is disheartening,”

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Mr Salaam said that Nigerian government has failed the unions again and as such “we may be forced to take some decisions.”

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NASU’s deputy president, Godfrey Ugwu said the three unions have been having consultations with the government “but nothing has been done.”

According to Mr Ugwu, all the branch leaders of the unions have been invited to the meeting in Abuja on July 4 to make a final decision on the matter.

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The national president of NAAT said, Sani Sulaiman the unions will decide if they will embark on strike or not after the July 4 NEC meeting.

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