The Joint Action Committee of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), on Tuesday, maintained that it has not dropped its plan to embark on an indefinite strike, starting from Friday, February 5.
President of SSANU, Mohammed Ibrahim and the General Secretary of NASU, Peters Adeyemi, said this in Abuja after a 4-hour closed-door meeting with the representatives of the federal government led by Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.
Adeyemi told journalists that they as union leaders lacked powers to direct their members to suspend the action, which is meant to press home their demands, bordering on alleged injustice on sharing formula of N40bn Earned Allowance and non-payment minimum wage arrears.
Other issues raised by the union include: inconsistencies in the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), delay in renegotiation of FG/NASU and SSANU 2009 agreement, non-payment of retirement benefits of outgone members among others.
He said: “We don’t have the mandate to talk about suspending the strike. That’s not within our competence. The mandate of our members stands until they ask us to reverse it,” he said.