There are clear indications that the non-teaching employees within the Nigerian universities are warming up for a contemporary industrial motion following the Federal Authorities’s failure to fulfill April timeline for the implementation of Memorandum of Motion (MoA) it entered with the unions.
The Senior Workers Affiliation of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Educational Workers Union of Academic and Related Establishments (NASU) beneath the aegis of Joint Motion Committee (JAC) on February 26 suspended its three-week-old strike after the unions’ management signed the MoA with authorities.
Nevertheless, members of the unions have begun to mount stress on their management to declare contemporary strike, whereas lamenting that after about 14 months the Consequential Adjustment for the brand new minimal wage got here into impact, authorities is but to start out its implementation.
Different contentious points, in accordance with some members of the unions who spoke to Each day Belief embody: inconsistencies within the implementation of the Built-in Payroll and Personnel Info System (IPPIS), delay in renegotiation of FG/NASU and SSANU 2009 settlement, non-payment of retirement advantages of outgone members amongst others.
Talking to chose journalists in Abuja throughout weekend, President of SSANU, Mohammed Haruna Ibrahim, famous that the management of the unions could succumb to the stress of its members if authorities fails to do the needful as quickly as potential.
Ibrahim stated, “We met with authorities some few months in the past and we had an understanding after happening strike for 3 weeks. A variety of stress was placed on us; a variety of persuasion and we talked with authorities and noticed the rationale to droop the strike as a result of authorities tried to color the image of being honest and we would have liked to present them a chance to do one or two issues to make sure that our calls for are met.
“As you might be conscious, our calls for are usually not new. These are issues which have been lingering for eleven years. We had an settlement with authorities in 2009 and until at this time, a variety of such points are nonetheless lagging behind; particularly issues that contain some funds of our allowances.
“We noticed causes to droop as a result of we felt authorities was honest and the timelines given by authorities – not us was that by finish of April, most of those points will likely be sorted. We nonetheless consider miracle can occur.
“Outdoors that a variety of our members are agitated, we’re beneath a variety of stress to return to the trenches as a result of even after we referred to as our members to work together with them with pressed on them to present authorities an opportunity.
“We hope that authorities won’t disappoint us and paint us like liars earlier than our members. The place the federal government does not meet the timeline, one can not assure industrial peace as a result of we’ve got been taken for a trip for too lengthy.
“Out of the seven points we tabled earlier than authorities three or 4 have been dealt with. For instance, the difficulty of the visitation panel: presently the panels are everywhere in the universities. Subject of discrepancies in our salaries can be being dealt with by IPPIS committee.
“However fee of the consequential changes for the brand new nationwide minimal wage and the allowances which might be encapsulated in our agreements contained within the earned allowance; these are nonetheless issues which might be lagging behind and there’s no finish in sight to say the least.”
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, couldn’t be reached for feedback as of the time when this report was filed however an official within the ministry instructed Each day Belief that the minister had been notified of the event and has promised to wade in as quickly as potential.