Research Institutes’ Workers Begin Warning Strike

Research and Allied Institutions, JORAISU, StrikeThe Joint Research and Allied Institutions Sector Unions (JORAISU) in Nigeria has commenced a one-week warning strike.

The leadership of JORAISU had directed all its members across the states to embark on the industrial action, to protest what they considered the Federal Government’s lack of commitment to meeting long standing demands of the unions.

The strike was seen to have taken effect in several research institutions in Jos, the Plateau State’s capital in Nigeria’s north-central region.

At the National Metallurgical Development Centre (NMDC), the gate was under lock and key as management and junior staff of the centre were denied entry into their offices.

The Director General of the NMDC, Professor Ibrahim Madugu, was among those that were deprived access to the centre.

Although he is not a member of the union, he expressed concern that the neglect of the research sector might affect Nigeria’s progress.

The Chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Universities Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions, Mr Ucheji Nwancho, said the cries of the unions had fallen on deaf ears for a long time.

At the National Veterinary Research Institute in another location in the state, only residents and other institutions sharing the complex were allowed in the premises.

The union at the institute expressed worry that they have not had a substantive director since October 2015.

The leadership at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies explained that they received the directive to commence the warning strike a bit late, necessitating a formal kick-off.

However, the acting Director General of the policy institute, Mr Jonathan Mela, noted that the industrial action should not disturb an ongoing senior executive course.

Other members of the unions and some of those in management believed that money must be put into research if Nigeria would stand shoulder to shoulder with developed nations.

JOHESU, JUTH Meeting To End Strike Ends In A Deadlock

Health-workers-strikeDiscussions between national leadership of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and management of Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) to resolve the on-going industrial action by the health workers has hit the rocks.

The parties could not reach an agreement based on divergent views which has worsened the situation, as the strike could only be suspended by the national leadership of the unions following the breakdown in the negotiation.

Following the deadlock, the congress gathered once again for a briefing on the outcome, which has taken the power of negotiation away from the local chapter, as only the national leadership can call off or suspend the on-going industrial action.

The management of Jos University Teaching Hospital insists that issues remaining unresolved are national issues that need the attention of the Federal Ministry of Health, which the hospital management does not have powers to negotiate.

The Plateau State government through the state Ministry of Health has been mediating to see the end of the dispute with the interference of Governor Simon Lalong which has not yielded positive result.

Meanwhile, as the industrial dispute continues, patients are the most affected.

The Joint Health Sector Unions comprises of Non-Academic Staff Union, Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals, Senior Staff Association of University Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions, Medical and Health Workers Union as well as National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives.

Research Institutes Urge Government To Implement Agreement

Members of the Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRIAL) have appealed to the Nigerian government through the office of the secretary to the government of the federation to urgently implement agreement reached with its members.

The President of the union, Benjamin Akintola and the General-Secretary, Moshood Akinade, made the appeal at the opening ceremony of a workshop organized for senior members of the union in Ilorin.

The two union officials listed their demands to include non-payment of 12 months arrears for research workers, payment of peculiar allowance and increase of funding of research institutes.

Mr Akintola chided some of the past union leaders for not fighting for the interest of the members but engaged in what could destroy the unity of members.

Chairmen, secretary and treasurers of branches across Nigeria, expected to be part of the three days’ workshop, will take a final stand on the issues with the Federal Government.