NASU, and SSANU association of Nigeria provide two basic conditions for federal government to end strike

Striking members of the senior staff association of Nigerian (SSANU) and the member of Non-Academic staff union (NASU) have provided the federal government with two basic conditions it must meet before the three-week industrial operation ceases.

The conditions were reached during SSANU and NASU congresses mandated by the leadership of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) to make inputs into what the Federal Government offered at the last negotiation.

After an extensive discussion about whether to end or continue the ongoing strike, JAC agreed that each branch should hold a congress by Friday, 19 February, and resolutions of the various branch conventions should be submitted to the national leadership to the Union immediately sent for further action.

In a meeting with officials, JAC management requested an additional N20 billion benefit for NASU SSANU members. However, the federal government has asked JAC to pay out 10 billion previously tax-exempt for non-academic staff, and the amount that EA is currently requesting to be included in the 2021 supplemental budget.

In a statement by the Secretary-General, Komnas Perguruan Tinggi asked for judicial review. What was previously issued about wages to determine how much to pay and how much to keep, in SSANU, a member of NASU.

The new minimum wage will be calculated later for overdue debts to higher federal agencies N18 629 473 983.30 and should be included in the budget for 2021 and to be presented before the National Assembly and government officials pleaded for three months for it to be finalized.

As part of the two main questions and other issues discussed, JAC asked branches to participate in a government bidding and university convention held on Friday, 19 February.

At UNILAG JAC congress voted for the continuation of the strike until the federal government pays the arrears of the new minimum wage and N20billion as part of the payment of earned allowances owed to non-teaching staff.

Daily Sun learned that at two universities in the South West, the striking workers insisted the government must give time lag to pay the N20 billion and the arrears of the new minimum wage.

In the South-East, JAC in three federal universities kicked against the suspension of the three weeks old strike until the government show commitment to pay the N20 billion earned allowance and arrears of the minimum wage to members.

JAC members at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, voted to suspend the strike till April to enable the federal government source for funds to pay the new minimum wage arrears and balance of the earned allowance.

Congress warned that if the government fails to pay at the end of April 2021 as promised, suspension of the strike should be lifted or reviewed for resumption.

JAC leadership at the meeting with government officials stated that no members of SSANU and NASU should be victimized for their role in the ongoing national strike.

It was learned that JAC leaders will soon meet to deliberate on the outcome of the various congress decisions on government offers.

Non-teaching staff in public universities nationwide on Friday, February 5 embarked on an indefinite strike to protest the non-implementation of the signed agreement since 2009 by the Federal Government, arrears of minimum wage, the balance of earned allowance, irregularities in implementation of IPPIS, and other demands.

As part of the two main questions and other issues discussed, JAC asked branches to participate in a government bidding and university convention held on Friday, 19 February.

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