University workers to embark on nationwide strike today

Members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of the Universities and Allied Institutions, (NASU), have been directed to embark on a nationwide strike from today, Friday.

The directive was issued yesterday, in a statement signed by the leaders of both university staff associations.

In a statement signed by the General Secretary of NASU, Peters Adeyemi, and the SSANU’s National President, Mohammed Ibrahim, the unions said it would meet on Friday to “pass resolutions on the way forward” after its Tuesday meeting with the federal government.

Recall that the representatives of the Federal Government met with the unions on Tuesday, but the workers said the outcome was “not satisfactory enough to” assure them that government would meet their demands.

The unions are asking, among other demands, for the government to rectify inconsistencies in the payroll of its members and pay minimum wage arrears.

“In the meantime”, according to the statement, “the nationwide strike takes effect from 12 midnight, 5th February, 2021 pending any contrary resolution by the branches”.

The strike action, if followed through, could cripple most government-run universities. The universities were shut for most of 2020 due to a 9 month-old strike carried out by academic workers and closures necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.

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