Universities Crises: SSANU, NASU, NAAT May Declare Strike Wednesday
As the Federal Government battles to ensure that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) calls off its more than one-week-old strike, other workers’ unions across the nation’s universities are set to declare indefinite strike.
The unions have expressed readiness to commence a nationwide indefinite strike next week Wednesday.
The unions are Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).
This position was revealed by the Joint Action Committee of the three unions in a joint press statement on Friday.
The decision to go on strike will, however, be based on feedback from branches nationwide on or before Tuesday.
In the statement jointly signed by Chris Oni of NASU, Samson Suleiman of SSANU, and Sani Suleiman of NAAT, all presidents of their respective unions, said the refusal of the federal government to honour past agreements was frustrating.
The statement listed about 12 grounds necessitating the declaration of the strike action, saying since January when it suspended its five-day warning strike following the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Federal Government, none of the issues have received attention.
“Seven months after signing a memorandum of understanding in January 18, the federal government has refused to honour her agreements but rather has been aggravating issues. A statement signed by the Honourable Minister of Budget and National Planning Senator Udo Udoma committed the same offence of asking that staff school workers should not be on the payroll of workers.
"The federal government has also been silent on the earned allowances of workers,” the union said.
The statement reminded all branches of the union of the need to hold meetings ‘on or before Monday’ to discuss the desirability or not of going on strike.
The statement said a letter would then be written formally to the federal government to inform it of its decision next week.