SSANU, NASU extends ongoing strike by two months

By Orowo Victoria Ojieh

The joint action committee of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) has extended its ongoing strike by two months.

The unions disclosed the news in a circular addressed to branch chairmen of NASU and SSANU jointly signed by the General Secretary of NASU, Prince Peters Adeyemi and the National President of SSANU, Mohammed Ibrahim, on Wednesday.

According to the circular, the extension of the industrial action was because the government has not addressed majority of the unions’ demands.

The two-month extension of the strike will take effect from Friday.

It read in part ”In view of the fact that government is still a long way from effectively resolving the issues in contention, it is only expedient that we allow the process to be fully concluded before directing the end of the strike.

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“Consequently, you are hereby informed that the strike has been extended by two months, within which we are hoping that all the contentious issues would have been effectively laid to rest. The two-month extension is with effect from Friday, June 24, 2022”.

The leaders also noted that few members across the branches and from the Federal Universities of Agriculture are yet to be paid their minimum wage arrears.

The members of the unions had been on strike to press home their demands.

Some of the demands of the unions include 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 its consequential adjustment.

Others include neglect and poor funding of state universities, non-payment of retirement benefits to outgoing members of the unions and delay in renegotiation of the 2009 agreements among others.

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