Federal Varsity Workers Vows to go on Indefinite Strike

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A meeting on Tuesday between the Federal Government and members of the Senior Staff Association Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Education Institutions (NASU) ended in a deadlock.

The meeting collapsed after hours of deliberations among officials of the government and the unions.

The university workers had threatened to begin an indefinite strike from February 5 over Federal Government’s handling of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), the sharing formula for the N40 billion earned academic allowances and non-payment of arrears of the new minimum wage.

Labour and Employment Minister Chris Ngige said the meeting was “fruitful” as the government team “responded to issues on IPPIS and what is being done to assist university workers (non-academic workers), who have had some complains in that direction especially some of their allowances they said was chopped off by IPPIS system”.

He added: “We were satisfied that reasonable progress has been made. It’s a work in progress. We have put up a joint committee of the union.”

NASU General Secretary Peters Adeyemi, who addressed reporters at the end of the meeting, said: “We have not concluded the work. Some issues developed during our discussions. We need to go back to our members so that they can give us further directive.”

He said the meeting failed to address most of the issues, adding that the union leadership lacked the powers to unilaterally call off the proposed strike.

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