Be Prepared For ‘Mother Of All Strikes’, University Workers Tell FG

Members of the national leadership of NASU and SSANU at a press conference in Abuja on August 22, 2019. Inset: SSANU’s National Vice President (North), Mr Solomon Alfa.

 

 

University workers in the country under the umbrella of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) have warned the Federal Government to brace up for an indefinite nationwide strike.

SSANU’s National Vice President (North), Mr Solomon Alfa, disclosed this to at a press conference following a meeting of the Joint Action Committee of both unions on Thursday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

At the end of the meeting, the workers who are on a five-day warning strike asked the government to prepare for what they termed as the “mother of all strikes”.

READ ALSO: NASU, SSANU Commence Warning Strike

The labour leaders are threatening to proceed on a nationwide industrial action barely 24 hours to the expiration of the ongoing one-week strike by the union members.

Both unions had directed their members to commence the warning strike from Monday to Friday in a letter dated August 16 and jointly signed by the General Secretary of NASU, Mr Peters Adeyemi, as well as the National President of SSANU, Mr Samson Ugwoke.

They gave the directive to all branch chairmen of the unions across the country after the 14-day ultimatum they issued to the government expired.

The unions accused the government of failing to show firm commitment towards resolving the issues raised, including the payment of earned allowances to members.

Others are university staff schools matter and the renegotiation of 2009 Agreements.

The Joint Action Committee had warned that the National Executive Councils of the two unions would not hesitate to sanction those who fail to comply with the directive.

NASU, SSANU Commence Warning Strike

SSANU, NASU, NAAT Suspend Indefinite Strike
(Files) The leadership of the Joint Action Committee of NASU and SSANU at a meeting on September 6, 2017 in Abuja.

 

 

Members of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) have commenced a five-day industrial action.

This followed the directive of the Joint Action Committee of NASU and SSANU to all branch chairmen of the unions across the country.

In a letter dated August 16 and jointly signed by the General Secretary of NASU, Mr Peters Adeyemi, as well as the National President of SSANU, Mr Samson Ugwoke, the members were directed to embark on strike from Monday.

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The leadership of both unions explained that the industrial action was as a result of the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum given to the Federal Government.

They also accused the government of failing to show firm commitment towards resolving the issues raised by the unions, including the payment of earned allowances to members.

Others are university staff schools matter and the renegotiation of 2009 Agreements.

“You are hereby directed to embark on a five (5) day strike effective from Monday, 19th to Friday, 23rd August 2019.

“Be informed that the strike is total and comprehensive for the five days. No form of concession or internal arrangement should be made with management while all members must be directed to stay away from their duty posts,” the committee directed members.

It, however, warned that the National Executive Councils of the two unions would not hesitate to sanction those who fail to comply with the directive.

Read the full statement below:

DIRECTIVE ON FIVE DAY NATIONAL STRIKE

Following the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum given to the Government and
its failure to show firm commitment towards resolving the following issues:
1. Payment of Earned Allowances
2. University Staff Schools matter
3. Renegotiation of 2009 Agreements; you are hereby directed to embark on a
five (5) day strike effective from Monday, 19th to Friday, 23rd August 2019.

Be informed that the strike is total and comprehensive for the five days. No
form of Concession or internal arrangement should be made with
Managements while ALL members must be directed to stay away from their
duty posts.

Kindly recall the decision of the National Executive Councils of the two unions
to the effect that Branches that default in compliance should be sanctioned.
The National leadership shall not hesitate in this regard.

You are hereby directed to fully mobilise your members and ensure full
compliance.

Yours in the struggle.

Comrade Peters A. Adeyemi,          JP Comrade Samson C. Ugwoke
General Secretary (NASU)              National President (SSANU)

SSANU Members Protest In Ondo, Call For Improved Welfare

 

Members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities(SSANU) and their counterparts from the Non-Academic Staff Union(NASU) of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo state have staged a protest at the premises of the university.

The reason for the protest is to compel the Federal Government to implement the memorandum if understanding it signed with the unions on their welfare in 2009.

The chairman of SSANU FUTA chapter, Comrade Dele Durojaiye speaking to Channels Television on behalf of the protesters lamented that the issues resulting in the protest have been on for long with government not paying attention to them.

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He condemned the decision of government to release 80 percent of the earned allowances for the university system to ASUU alone, and 20 percent to the non academic staff.

Also, the university unions are demanding for the inclusion of the University Staff School teachers in the federal government payroll as directed by the national industrial court.

He warned that if government refused to attend to their demands, they would not hesitate to embark on industrial action that will paralyse activities in the nation’s universities.

 

SSANU Members Block UNIBEN Junction Protest Poor Welfare

protesting members

 

The members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian University and Non-Academic Staff Union (SSANU) University of Benin chapter are protesting over poor welfare.

The protesting members blocked a section of the Benin-Lagos Expressway to vent their displeasure.

READ ALSO: SSANU Members Protest In Lokoja

They were seen carrying placards with inscriptions written “A worker must be paid his dues.

“Reinstate staff school teachers now”!.

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SSANU Members Protest In Lokoja

protesting members

 

The members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian University and Non-Academic Staff Union (SSANU) are protesting in Lokoja.

They are protesting against the Federal Government’s refusal to obey the Industrial Court judgement which ordered them to reinstate staff school teachers and the manner of sharing earned allowances.

READ ALSO: SSANU Members Block UNIBEN Junction Protest Poor Welfare

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NASU Protests ‘Unfair’ Disparity In Earned Allowance

 

The Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) have kicked against the disparity in the latest agreement between the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which allocated 20 percent allowance to NASU and 80 percent to ASUU.

The Federal University of Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) chapter of the Union said it is rejecting the formula which it believes is a deprivation of the workers’ rights.

According to the Chairman of NASU, FUOYE chapter, Femi Ayodele, the combined members of both NASU and the SSANU, want a reversal of the formula and release of N30 billion.

“This is against the agreement we signed with the Federal Government in 2009.

“In the University system, we are all equal; ASUU is an independent union, signed an agreement with FG, SSANU and NASU are independent unions, we have an agreement with the FG also. How on earth could they have perpetrated that injustice, giving us 20 percent of earned allowance and gave other 80 percent to ASUU?

“This is what we have rejected, the 20 percent. In compliance with the directives of the National body, we are demanding the sum of N30 billion from FG.”

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They also alleged undue intimidation by the authorities of FUOYE while accusing the management of not following due process in taking vital decisions as regards the welfare of workers

But the Director of Administration in the office of the Vice-Chancellor debunked the allegations.

“The only ones I’m aware has to do with an academic staff who has absconded, another staff in ICT who also disappeared. Will the management fold their arms and watch while things get deteriorated? He asked.

“What happened is that the two staff were queried and afterwards responded to the query online.”

SSANU, NASU Leadership Meet Over NUPENCO, Others

 

The leadership of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU), are meeting  in Abuja over different issues affecting members of the joint union.  

According to a source within the SSANU leadership, the joint action committee meeting is to reach a resolution regarding notice of strike to handed to the Federal Government.

According to the source who did not want to named, the strike notice is as regards certain issues which the unions want resolved urgently.

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The source stated that one major issue that needs to be looked into is National University Pension Company (NUPENCO), the newly registered pension manager  by ASUU, a programme which the source says the joint union is against the enrollment of their members.

There are indications that the joint union will also be asking the FG to audit the universities account with specific focus on earned allowances that have been paid to universities and how these monies were shared.

The source says the unions will also direct members to mobilize for a protest on the fifteenth of July to send a notice of strike to the Federal Government.

SSANU, NASU, NAAT Suspend Strike

SSANU, NASU, NAAT Suspend Indefinite Strike
(Files) The leadership of the Joint Action Committee met in Abuja on September 6, 2017.

 

The non-teaching staff of universities under the platform of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) have suspended their three months strike that affected academic activities in the institutions.

The three unions under JAC are the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).

JAC Chairman, Mr Samson Ugwoke, announced the suspension of the industrial action on Wednesday while addressing reporters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He attributed the decision to the recent commitment demonstrated by the Federal Government and consequently directed members of the unions to resume work immediately.

The unions had commended an indefinite industrial action in December 2017 to protest the Federal Government’s failure to implement their 2009 agreement.

Other issues in contention bordered on non-payment of allowances, alleged usurpation of non-teaching staff jobs by academic staff, alleged disobedience of the National Industrial Court’s order on funding of staff schools, as well as alleged corruption in the university system.

ABU’s Senior Staff Union Pulls Out Of National Strike

FILE PHOTO: Students leaving school premises after a crisis.

The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) chapter of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities Union (SSANU) has pulled out of a four-month national strike. 

The decision to suspend the strike was taken on Tuesday after the congress held at the union secretariat in the main campus of the University.

Members of the union were directed to resume work immediately marking an end to the strike which was embarked upon by the union since December 2017.

The  Union’s Branch chairman, Ilyas Abdulrauf Bello after the Congress said the national strike had lost direction and focus,  hence the decision of the chapter’s congress to pull out and resume work.

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“The union embarked on the strike action on December 4, 2017. This is the fourth month and up till now, the strike has lost direction, it has lost focus. The government is not inviting the union, most universities are in session, academic activities are in progress. We felt the best we could do is to call on our members to resume work immediately.

“This idea was muted by the congress and it was unanimously adopted. On this note the SSANU members have been directed by the congress of SSANU, Ahmadu Bello University chapter to resume work with immediate effect,” he said.

Bello also lamented that, continuing with strike where academic activities are going on smoothly and the striking workers getting their salaries regularly was meaningless.

The SSANU members also expressed anger over the purported expulsion of their chapter chairman and resolved that, the letter of expulsion issued to their chairman, Ilyas Abdulrauf Bello was null, void and of no effect.

The association said that, the constitution of the the union was not followed in the purported expulsion, adding that, the national body of the union does not have the power to expel any official or member of the local chapter.

The Chairman also disclosed that, the congress of the ABU chapter also expelled some erring members upon their failure to appear before its disciplinary committee after their initial suspension.

 

Students Lament Over Incessant NASU, ASUU, SSANU Strike

As the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) continues its one week strike, the West African Student Union (WAFU)  has asked the Federal Government to settle all outstanding agreements with both teaching and non-teaching university lecturers to enable them to return to classes as soon as possible.

The students also called for adequate funding of the education sector in 2018, in order to end the incessant face-off between the Federal Government and lecturers of tertiary institutions just as it has given to other sectors of the economy.

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President of WAFU, Zacchaeus Maikudi speaking in Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria over the weekend lamented the negative effects of the current strike by the Non Academic staff of universities on the students. He said it is high time the Federal Government deploy adequate resources to the sector, to address its endemic problems.

According to him, poor education funding had left the system with myriads of problems with negative impact on quality and standard of education in the country.

The Students Union Leader, further stressed that sound and qualitative education will only be provided if the gaps in learning facilities and welfare of staff are properly addressed through efficient and effective funding.

“We know that the Federal Government has been trying in tackling issues that have to do with ASUU strike, SSANNU strike and so on. We believe that the government is trying to see the end of all these strikes, because we had the information that some academic staff have received their earn allowances. So the only contradiction is that of the non-academic staff union. Our appeal to the federal government is to see how they can reach out to those non-academic staff Union members to see how education in this country will have a smooth running.

“We are eager to graduate, our younger ones are also coming into the system, and we want to see them prosper. Therefore, we want the federal government to please come in a special way to intervene, to see how this matter will be resolved,” he said.

Maikudi believed that proper funding of the education sector will end the lingering face-off with members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities and other unions in polytechnics and colleges of education.

SSANU, NASU, NAAT Suspend Industrial Action

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The non-teaching staff unions of Nigerian government universities under the umbrella of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) have suspended their industrial action.

JAC comprises members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).

National President of the three unions, Sam Ugwoke, announced the suspension at a media briefing on Thursday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

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The decision followed the agreement reached with the unions by the Federal Government, after eight hours of negotiations since last night.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, who led the Federal Government delegation at the meeting, gave assurances that the government has agreed to address all 12 issues raised by the striking workers.

The strike was suspended two weeks after the unions declared a “total and comprehensive” industrial action.

Some of the demands of the striking workers include the immediate payment of earned allowances and a review of the universities governance system among other issues.

The decision is a welcome development for stakeholders in the education sector, as well as students of government-owned universities as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had also suspended its strike with conditions.

ASUU’s decision was announced by its president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, on Monday in Abuja after a reconciliation meeting with a Federal Government team.

Professor Ogunyemi had explained that the suspension was conditional, as it depends on whether the Federal Government would fufil its parts of the agreements.

FG Meets SSANU, NASU Leaders In Abuja

The Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige is meeting with the Joint Action Committee meeting of non-teaching staff unions of Nigerian government universities, to find ways on how to solve the ongoing strike.

The meeting, which is ongoing in Abuja, is attended by the Minister of State for Labour, Chairman Income Salaries and Wages Commission.

Also present are leaderships of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU).

Others include Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, NLC President, SSANU/NASU leadership and the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Education.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige had offered assurances of the government’s commitment to immediately commence the payment of salary shortfalls and funding for universities’ infrastructure.

The government had reached a fresh agreement with the striking unions with the assurance to commence the payment of salaries shortfalls as well as the quarterly revitalisation funds for universities immediately.

Updates to follow…