Apparently, things are getting worse in the social services sector of the country as the major non-academic staff unions of the tertiary institution in the country decides to join ASUU and NARDS in embarking on an indefinite strike as well, come Monday the 11th of September if the federal government fails to meet their demands.
The strike was announced in Abuja at a briefing of the joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) and the Non-academic staff union of universities (NASU).
The union have put their feet down as far as this resolve is concerned,leading a member Ugwoke to say “During the strike,there shall be no provision of services,no matter how skeletal”.
He further mentioned that the federal government have refused to fulfill the promises they made in 2009 concerning a variety of issues affecting their members and their welfare. It’s been eight years since the agreement was made,and sadly members of the union have run out of patience and understanding as matters have gotten worse.
He listed the reasons of the strike to include registration of NUPEMCO (pension management scheme), showing more commitment and seriousness in the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/University unions agreements, and ensuring the headship of non-teaching units by non-teaching staff employed for the purpose of those units, among others.
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