Workers In Nigerian Universities To Begin Strike Next Week

University workers have announced a warning strike from Monday, for Federal Government to meet their demands.

The planned one-week strike will last from August 19 to 23.

In a letter released on Friday to journalists, the non-academic unions, comprising the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), said the one-week strike follows the 14-day ultimatum given to the federal government.

According to the letter, “At the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum, Sunday 18 August 2019, without a 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.’’

“You are therefore directed to properly mobilize our members for this action. All defaulting Branches shall be sanctioned accordingly. Please be guided.”

In the letter signed by the chairman of JAC, Samson Ugwoke, the unions said the contending issues include payment of earned allowances, University Staff Schools matter, renegotiation of 2019 FGN/Unions agreement among others.

It said that the union also met with the officials of the Federal Ministry of Education led by the permanent secretary last week.

“While the meeting appeared successful on its face value, the resolutions are yet to be backed up by any correspondence as agreed at the meeting, ‘’said the letter.

It added “Our members, being our principals, have contended that for all decisions reached with Government, there must be a level of corresponding actions that show their sincerity and commitment to those decisions. If the actions do not correspond, we must continue with our agitations.’’