Nigeria: SSANU, NASU call off university strike as ASUU remains unmoved

2022-08-21 11:42:32
Nigeria: SSANU, NASU call off university strike as ASUU remains unmoved

The Joint Action Committee (JAC), of the Non Academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) said it would suspend its ongoing strike on Wednesday after a brief meeting with the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu in Abuja.

While the two university unions say they are returning to work, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is insisting on pressing on with the prolonged industrial action, saying it is unimpressed by the offers made to it by government.

The JAC’s spokesman, Peters Adeyemi, announced the decisions by NASU and SSANU in a statement made available to journalists on Saturday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the unions embarked on strike since March 27 to press home their demands.

The workers’ demands include renegotiation of 2009 agreements with the Federal Government; inconsistencies occasioned by IPPIS, and replacement of the payment platform with the University Peculiar Personnel Payroll System (U3PS), and non-payment of earned allowances.

Others are payment of arrears of national minimum wage; release of whitepapers on visitation panel reports, reinstatement of staff schools’ teachers in line with the National Industrial Court judgement; poor funding and governance of state universities, among others.

Mr Adeyemi said the the decision to suspend the strike was taken following negotiation between the unions and the Federal Government team led by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.

According to him, the suspension of the strike was for the initial two months to allow government implement the agreements reached.

“Part of the agreement is the decision of the government to set aside the sum of N50 billion for the payment of earned academic and earned allowances, cogent decision on the University Peculiar Personnel Payroll System (U3PS).

After prolonged negotiations and dialogue between the two unions and the Federal Government, led by Adamu, and after the meeting, the two unions decided to suspend the strike for the initial period of two months.

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