Another University Union Threatens Indefinite Strike Action
The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) will, today, commence a three-day warning strike over what it described as federal government’s disobedience to a court judgment.
The union accused the government of failure to obey the court order on staff schools, earned allowance and other agreements.
SSANU made the disclosure in a joint statement with two other unions at the end of their 35th regular National Executive Council meeting at Enugu State University of Science and Technology.
Naija News reports the SSANU declaration is coming as their academic counterparts, Academic Staff Union Of Universities, have been on strike for about two weeks with negotiations between the union and the federal government yet to yield positive results.
SSANU President Comrade Chijioke Ugwoke also disclosed that government has not released the N8 billion Earned Allowance it promised to them, which the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, promised government would pay at a conciliation meeting on March 13.
“Several months after the agreement was reached, the money has yet to be released. The delay in payment has become a source of discomfort and agitation by members of the three unions…” said Ugwoke
“The federal government, through the Federal Ministry of Education, had informed the Chairman of the Joint Action Committee of NAAT, NASU and SSANU via an August 9, 2018, letter that approval had been given for the release of N8 billion being payment of Earned Allowances for Non-Teaching Staff in the Universities and requested for templates for the payments to the unions. It appears that the letters being sent to the unions are delay ploy by the ministry of Education as the letters, in themselves, are needless, because the unions had always made their positions known since the irregular disbursement of N23 billion to ASUU in 2017.”
On the technical dismissal of members in university staff schools, the union said “the status of the workers remain the same despite the NIC ruling of December 5, 2016.”