JAC of NASU, SSANU declare strike

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The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has announced that it will embarked on an industrial action as soon as school resume.

The National President of SSANU, comrade Samson Ugwoke, who spoke on behalf of JAC, said this while addressing pressmen in Abuja at the end of its meeting.

Ugwoke said they were under intense pressure from their members thus, “a strike action has been declared to commence effective from the date of resumption of work after the lifting of coronavirus lockdown.”

”As a responsible union, we have avoided these crisis but the irresponsibility of government and its officials have led us to a point where it had become inevitable.

”If by the time schools are asked to reopen and the needful is not done, it means hope is lost and the earlier avoidable industrial conflict becomes inevitable,” he added.

He lamented the short payments of salaries in almost all the federal universities, adding that ”the audience was that the short payments and mutilated salaries would cease upon enrollment in the scheme.”

He said they were promised that their “Earned Allowances that had not been properly captured previously and across all universities would be properly integrated upon enrolment into IPPIS.”

He however said the situation they were faced with was like jumping ‘from frying own to fire.’”

”Our enrollment has turned out to be a complete disaster because of the serious of inconsistencies and irregularities currently being witnessed in the payment of salaries and emolument of our members,” he said.

He added that there were: ”Unwarranted and inexplicable delays going into the second half of the next month before payments of salaries; haphazard payments leading to non payment, underpayment, overpayments and multiple payments in some cases; misinterpretation and wrongful implementation of extant documents on statutory deductions as regard staff salaries and allowances in the university system; non payment of arrears on new minimum wage; and non issuance of payslip to workers.”

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