If the government fails to accept their demands, the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU); and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) have threatened to go on strike indefinitely.
During a news conference on Wednesday, April 13, in Abuja, the unions under the auspices of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) said this through its spokesperson, Mr Prince Adeyemi.
Members of the NASU and SSANU had gone on a two-week warning strike, which ended on April 10 at midnight.
Inconsistencies in payment with the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS); non-payment of Earned Allowances, and non-payment of arrears of the National Minimum Wage; and its concomitant adjustment are among the union’s requests.
Poor state university funding, a delay in the renegotiation of the 2009 accords, non-publication of visiting panel white papers; and non-payment of retirement benefits to outcome members are among other issues.
After the administration failed to invite the leadership to a meeting; the JAC decided to extend the strike for another two weeks before declaring an indefinite and comprehensive strike.
The walkout, according to Adeyemi, was sparked by the government’s; and officials’ indifference to issues impacting NASU and SSANU members, as well as the entire University System.
“Arising from the last memorandum and following up on the issues; we have written no less than 10 tetters or reminders to the government to no avail, not even an acknowledgement.
“It was at the end of all these reminders with no acknowledgement by the government that we were left with no other resort but to embark on two weeks warning strike.
“Prior to the strike, due process was duly followed and the notice was issued in line with the extant laws.
“Shamefully and painfully, there was no attempt by the government to intercept; or even invite the unions to a meeting.
“As of today, the two weeks extension is getting to the middle and with no response in sight from government; we may be left with no resort but to embark on an indefinite and total strike,” he said.
Adeyemi, however, gave conditions upon which their industrial action might be suspended.
He insisted that government should jettison the IPPIS for the University Peculiar Personnel; and Payroll System (U3PS) developed by the non-academic unions.
He also insisted that the N30billion as Earned Allowances, which is a product of the FGN/NASU and SSANU 2009 Agreements should be paid immediately.