- Hours after ending its three weeks strike, SSANU said the industrial action would be counterproductive
- This was made known by the union's president Comrade Mohammed Ibrahim on Friday, February 26
- Recall that SSANU along with NASUU had gone on strike over some unresolved issues concerning their entitlements
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has revealed the implication of the union going on with their industrial action for too long.
Comrade Mohammed Ibrahim, the SSANU president on Friday, February 26, explained that if the strike had gone on for too long it would have been counterproductive.
Ibrahim made the disclosure during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
The union leader expressed hope that the Nigerian government would not disappoint SSANU following the signed Memorandum of Action.
His comments are coming 24 hours after the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASUU) and SSANU suspended their three weeks strike.
Both unions arrived at the decision after signing a memorandum of action with the federal government.
The unions said following the agreement, the strike will be called off at 12 am on Friday, February 26.
IPPIS is a scam - ASUU boss slams FG
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) used by the federal government to pay staff members of universities in Nigeria has been described as a scam.
Wailing over the allegedly fraudulent system, the chairman of the NASU in the University of Lagos, Kehinde Ajibade, said the government deceived the union into the agreement.
Speaking on Wednesday, February 10, Ajibade said the IPPIS is very faulty because through it the government shortchanges its members and makes unexplainable deductions from their salaries.
FG threatens to stop salaries of SSANU, NASU members
In a related development, the federal government threatened to stop the salaries of non-teaching workers of universities for embarking on an indefinite strike.
The threat was issued by the minister of labour and employment, Senator Chris Ngige, on behalf of the government on Thursday, February 11.
The minister noted that Section 43 of the Trade Dispute Act 2004 and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) statutes permit the government to stop the salaries of workers when they are on strike.
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