Varsity workers may resume strike next week

Posted by Michael Oche | 28 June 2018 | 2,162 times

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Barely three months after the three main non-teaching staff unions in the university sector suspended their strike, there are indications that the Workers may, next week resume the suspended strike, after what they described as failure of government to honour the agreement reached with their unions.

The unions had in March suspended their previous strike action which coincidentally, lasted for three months. The unions included non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) Speaking to journalists in Abuja, NASU general secretary and vice president of NLC, Peters Adeyemi said the government has failed to honour agreement reached with the unions which led to the suspension of the strike.

LEADERSHIP recalls that the unions had in December, 2017, embarked on an indefinite strike action to press for the implementation of the 12 demands including the 2009, 2012 and 2017 agreements signed between the unions and the Federal Government Adeyemi said having exhausted every avenue to pressure the government to implement the agreement it reached with the unions, the union leaders have scheduled a meeting for next Wednesday after which a decision will be taken.

He said, “What we are trying to do is to tell our members that if after our meeting of 4th of July, nothing happens, we will resume the suspended strike.” Adeyemi said the main Labour centre in the country, the NLC, has been mobilizing workers to ensure they get their Permanent Voters Card to ensure they participate actively in the 2019 election to ensure they vote out bad leaders

He said, “Two, we are telling our members to go and get their PVCs ready. The only way you can check a government that is insensitive is to vote those in government out. We have been on this issue for several years.

“As trade union, we appear to be confused with what to do. We dialogue with government, they sign MoU, they say in five weeks everything will happen. And after the five weeks, nothing happens and you try to access them they are inaccessible

“So we have told our members that after our meeting of 4th of July, which will be holding with all our members across the country, we will take a resolution to resume the suspended strike. And then we encourage them to get registered and get ready for the election. (Leadership)

Source: News Express

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