Nigeria: University Workers threaten industrial action
University Workers threaten industrial action
By AfricanOutlook Reporters
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) have given an impending threat of a nationwide strike from January, 2013 if their allowances are not made available.
Nigeria's Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqquayatu Ahmed Rufa'i
The National President of SSANU, Comrade Samson Ugwoke, speaking at a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, held at the University of Uyo, in south-south Nigeria's Akwa-Ibom State, asserts that the intended industrial action is to force the Federal Government to execute Earned Allowances and pay all connected arrears to its members all over the nation.
The labor leader expressed displeasure at the Nigerian government's failure to add the Earned Allowances to non-teaching staff's remunerations in the 2013 budget without regard to several presentations and discussions with relevant authorities of government. He noted further, that it is not in the nature of SSANU to interrupt university academic calendar as the university system had seen many strikes in the past which dislocated the academic calendar with resultant effect on the university system.
"We made presentations and negotiated with relevant bodies, but we are surprised that our Earned Allowance was not reflected in the 2013 budget presented by the president," he said.
Ugwuoke called on stakeholders in the education system to join hands with SSANU, NASU and NAAT in making sure that staff welfare is made available to them.