The non-academic unions of universities (NASU), which began an industrial strike since December 4, 2017, has suspended its strike. The Chairman of the Joint Action Committee of the unions, Samson Ugwuoke, announced this decision at a briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, noting that “based on extensive consultations with our various organs, we hereby announce the suspension of the strike action embarked upon by JAC with effect from today, March 14.”
The JAC comprises of the National Association of Academic Technologists, the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) of Educational and Associated Institutions and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities.
The workers commenced the strike on December 4, 2017.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, had earlier begun an indefinite strike on August 13. But at a press conference in Abuja in December, the Joint Action Committee, JAC, of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU; Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, NASU; and the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, said the unions will begin a “total and comprehensive indefinite” strike due to the federal government’s alleged failure to fulfil a 2009 agreement with the unions.
The chairman of JAC who is also the National President of SSANU, Samson Ugwoke, said the industrial action will begin on September 11.
He said the workers will not provide even skeletal services during the strike.
“Concessions shall not be granted while all our members are to stay at home till further notice, unless as directed by JAC through their respective presidents,” Mr. Ugwoke said.
Apart from the 2009 agreement the unions said was reached with government and a Memorandum of Understanding reached this year, the unions said they were demanding payment of earned allowance to their members, review of governance system in universities, improved funding of universities in line with UNESCO recommendations and provision of infrastructure in the universities.
They are also asking for payment of salary shortfalls being owed, implementation of the National Industrial Court judgement on university staff schools, registration of Nigerian Universities Pension Management Company, NUPEMCO, and implementation of CONTISS 14 and 15 for technologists.
They also want improvement of teaching and learning facilities in the universities, stemming of the tide of corruption in the university system, showing of commitment in the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/University unions Agreements and ensuring the headship of non-teaching units by non-teaching staff employed for the purpose of those units.
The union also said it is essential for government to monitor the funds being released to universities.