The Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) said the government has failed to respond positively to their demands hence the need to extend their strike action by two months.
The academic unions confirmed the extension in a circular to branch chairmen on Friday, June 24, Naija News understands.
The unions said in the circular that their pressing demands as relayed to the government at the Tripartite Plus meeting held on Thursday, 12th May 2022, with respect to the testing of our University Peculiar Personnel and Payroll System (U3PS) software with the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, has not been attended to.
It further noted that three payment solutions, U3PS, UTAS and IPPIS, are currently being subjected to daily tests which have spanned three weeks so far and are still ongoing.
Naija News understands that the circular dated June 21, 2022, was jointly signed by the General Secretary of NASU, Prince Peters. A. Adeyemi, and Mohammed. N. Ibrahim.
The circular stressed that due to the fact that government is still yet to address the pressing issues, it is wise that they allow the process to be fully concluded before directing the end of the strike.
“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 months extension is with effect from Friday, 24th June 2022,” the circular added.
It mentioned that success had been recorded by the JAC of NASU and SSANU over the payment of the minimum wage consequential adjustment arrears, which all staff in the University system benefitted.
“We have also recorded success in the restoration of Responsibility Allowance to deserving members of NASU and SSANU, ditto, the correction in the payment of Hazard Allowance from N150,000 to N360,000 per annum to deserving members in the SSANU document.
“However, there has been no commitment by the government to pay the arrears of Earned Allowances being owed our members,” the circular disclosed.
The circular thanked members of the unions for sustaining the strike action even in the face of denials of salaries, threats and harassment, saying it has continued to give the national leadership the needed strength and force to forge ahead on the demands.
It, however, urged union members to keep up the spirit across the branches, saying “as we are slowly inching closer to victory and disregard various rumours and misinformation, especially on social media, but rely on the national leaders for factual and true information on the status of the ongoing struggle.”