NASU, SSANU extend warning strike by one month


The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) on Monday extended their two-weeks warning strike by one month.

Under the aegis of the Joint Action Committee (JAC), the unions stated this in a circular addressed to the branch chairmen and jointly signed by Peter Adeyemi, General Secretary, NASU and Mohammed Ibrahim, the national president of SSANU.

“This is to inform members that the strike has been extended by one month to commence on midnight of April 24, pending when the government would have a change of heart on our demands in our letters to the Minister of Labour and Employment,’’ they said.

Members of the unions had embarked on a two-week warning strike that expired on midnight of April 24 to press home their demands from the federal government.

The union’s demands included the inconsistencies in payment with the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), non-payment of Earned Allowances, non-payment of arrears of the National Minimum Wage, and consequential adjustment.

Others are poor funding of state universities, delay in the renegotiation of the 2009 agreements, non-release of white paper on visitation panels, and non-payment of retirement benefits to members, among others.

JAC, however, noted that they had written not less than ten letters reminding the federal government, all to no avail and without acknowledgement.

“Unfortunately, the government has kept mute and remained indifferent to the demands of JAC of NASU and SSANU.

“Deriving from the feedback received from our branches in respect of the resolutions conducted which supported fully the ongoing strike and other actions to be taken by the leadership of JAC.”