– The federal government has met with members of SSANU and NASU in Abuja
– The meeting is aimed to avoid the industrial action proposed by the unions
– So far, details of the meeting are not in the public domain
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In a bid to prevent a nationwide strike proposed by members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) the federal government has taken an important step.
The federal ministry of labour and employment chaired by Chris Ngige, on Tuesday, February 2, convened a meeting with unions who came on the platform of the Joint Action Committee (JAC), Punch reports.
The meeting was held in Abuja in the office of Ngige to fashion out workable modalities that will satisfy both parties.
Persons present at the meeting were SSANU’s national president, Mohammed Ibrahim, and the general secretary of NASU, Peters Adeyemi.
Both SSANU and NASU had rejected the government’s handling of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), the sharing formula of the N40 billion earned academic allowances, non-payment of arrears of the new minimum wage, among other occurrences.
Meanwhile, members of SSANU and NASU had announced an indefinite strike action.
The two bodies, on Friday, January 22, announced that all their chapters across all universities and inter-university centres will begin to strike on Friday, February 5.
In a statement released to pressmen, the bodies said they are giving a two-week notice and ultimatum to the federal government to entertain their demands beginning from Friday, January 22.
The bodies on Sunday, January 10, announced that the planned industrial action will kick-off from Tuesday, January 12.
In a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the heads of the unions, unaddressed issues like irregularities in the IPPIS payment, the non-payment of earned allowances, and arrears of minimum wage, and the delay in the renegotiation of FGN-NASU and SSANU 2009 agreements were outlined.
Added to this, SSANU and NASU claimed other unresolved issues include the non-payment of retirement benefits of outgone staff members, arrogation of powers by teachers in the non-teaching units, the abandonment and poor funding of state universities by the federal government.