The Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and therefore the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) have threatened to start a three-day protest on Jan. 12.
The unions during a circular jointly issued on Sunday in Abuja said that the planned strike was to protest the non-implementation of an agreement reached with the federal.
The unions under the aegis of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) issued the circular to all or any branch chairmen of the unions within the universities and Inter-university centers.
The circular was signed by the overall Secretary of NASU, Mr. Peters Adeyemi, and therefore the president of SSANU, Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim.
Adeyemi said that a JAC meeting was persisted Jan. 8, where the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) reached and signed with the federal on Oct. 20, 2020, was reviewed.
He listed the agitations of the unions to incorporate inconsistencies within the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information Systems (IPPIS) payment, non-payment of Earned Allowances (EA), and non-payment of arrears of wage.
He also fingered the delay within the renegotiation of federal, NASU, and SSANU negotiation of 2009, as a part of the agitations.
According to him, other demands are the non-payment of retirement benefits of out-gone members, teaching staff usurping headships of non-teaching units in clear violation of conditions of service, and established procedures.
Adeyemi also decried the neglect and poor funding of state universities and therefore the non-constitution of visitation panels for universities.
He added that due to this development, the JAC, therefore, directed that a general meeting of its committees altogether branches of universities and Inter-university centers be mandatorily persisted Jan. 11.
“The meeting is to sensitize members on the problems, as contained within the MoU.
“That a three-day protest should hold from Tuesday, Jan. 12 to Thursday, Jan.14, at each branch from 8 a.m to 4 p.m each day,” he said.
According to him, state, zonal and national officers of JAC shall monitor the three -day protest, to make sure strict compliance by branches.
“Every branch should make sure that all members participate fully within the protests, while all COVID- 19 protocols are to be complied with.
“As the branch protests mark the start of a series of commercial actions to be undertaken by JAC, you’re to await further directives immediately after the three-day protest,” he said.
He added that each branch must comply and strictly adhere to the directives.