The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities SSANU and Non Academic Staff Union, NASU have vowed to shutdown non academics activities in public universities across the country after 14 days, if the Federal Government fails to accede to their demands on Earned Allowances and the sacked workers of Staff Schools.
Already, the non teaching staff under the umbrella of Joint Action Committee, JAC, comprising the Non Academic Staff Union of Universities and Educational Institutions, NASU and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, have directed all the branches to resume nationwide protest in all the universities from Tuesday August 6,2019.
This was disclosed in a memo circulated by authorities of the two unions to all it’s branches across the nation after the JAC meeting on Thursday, in Abuja.
They said: ” At the expiration of the 14-days ultimatum, if the federal government fails to address all our grievances, we would be left with no other option than withdrawing our services and shutting down the universities indefinitely.”
In the notice signed by the Chairman of JAC and President of SSANU, Comrade Samson Ugwoke and the General Secretary of NASU, Comrade Peters Adeyemi: ‘This is to inform you that the Joint Action Committee, JAC of NASU and SSANU met today, Thursday 1st August, 2019, to consider the issues which led to the Nationwide protest in our various branches, viz, Payment of Earned Allowances, University Staff Schools matter, Renegotiation of 2009 FGN/Unions Agreement among others.
“After extensive deliberations, JAC further observed that: “No date has been rescheduled by the President of the Senate, His Excellency, Senator Ahmed Lawan for the meeting with the leadership of JAC national.
“The meeting earlier scheduled by the Federal Ministry of Education with the leadership of JAC national has been rescheduled for Wednesday, August 7, 2019 with no reason(s) stated. “From the foregoing ,JAC national has resolved as follows:
“That a 14-Day ultimatum of Industrial action be given to the Federal Government of Nigeria to address the pending issues with effect from Monday,5th August, 2019. During the period of the ultimatum, all branches are hereby directed to carry out peaceful protest on Tuesday, 6th August, 2019 and Thursday, 15th August,2019 respectively. We’re elated by signing of $1bn local content plan for Train 7- BLCCC(Opens in a new browser tab)
“At the expiration of the 14-days ultimatum, Sunday 18th August 2019, without any positive response from the Federal Government of Nigeria, members shall proceed on a 5-day warning strike in all branches from Monday 19th to Friday 23rd August, 2019, inclusive. “You are therefore directed to properly mobilize our members for this action. All defaulting branches shall be sanctioned accordingly.”
You will recall that the two unions had on July 12 directed members to embark on national peaceful protest on campus over the sharing formula of N30 billion Earned Allowance between ASUU and other sister unions.