Just as the federal government gave directive for all schools including universities to re-open after their closure due to Covid-19 pandemic and the Labor Ministry was hopeful that the prolonged ASSU strike will end next week a group on the platform of the Joint Action Committee (JAC).from Tertiary institutions said they would go on strike from Monday.
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non- Academic Staff Union (NASU) declared a 14-day warning strike scheduled to begin Monday, October 5.
Addressing journalists shortly after their joint congress which held at the University of Lagos (Akoka), the chairmen of SSANU and NASU of UNILAG branch, Messrs Olusola Sowunmi and Kehinde Ajibade, respectively, said the strike was general and involved all public universities in the country.
They said the action is a directive from the national leadership of the two unions to all their branches nationwide.
They said they took the decision to press home their demands on contentious issues from the federal government.
They listed them to non-payment of arrears of their national minimum wage for 10 months, inconsistency in the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), non-payment of arrears of their earned allowance since 2012, non-showing of seriousness in renegotiating their 2009 agreement, neglect and poor funding of state universities, corruption and non-constitution of visitation panels as well as a usurpation of headship in non-academic matters by the academic staff as the contentious issues.
According to them, they are ready to begin a full-blown and total strike if government fails to address the issues while their warning strike lasts.