Nigerian Universities May Shut Down As Workers Threaten to Resume Strike
- An industrial dispute is brewing between FG and the non-academic staff in public universities
- Workers in the institutions accuse the government of violating the terms of its promises
- The group pleaded with the government to uphold its end of the bargain
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The non-academic staff in public universities have warned that they may resume their suspended industrial action.
According to The Nation, the workers said they were contemplating embarking on a strike because the federal government has not implemented the agreement reached with them in the Memorandum of Action (MoA) signed in February 2021.
Comrade Mohammed Ibrahim, the national president of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), lamented that consequential adjustments of salaries as a result of the national minimum wage was yet to be carried out.
He stated that members of his union were mounting pressure to resume strike, Vanguard reported.
“We met with government some few months ago and we had an understanding after going on strike for three weeks. A lot of pressure was put on us; a lot of persuasions and we talked with the government and saw the reason to suspend the strike because the government tried to paint the picture of being sincere and we needed to give them an opportunity to do one or two things to ensure that our demands are met.''
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The labour leader noted that if the government doesn’t meet the timeline according to the agreement, there won’t be industrial peace.
He accused the government of taking the non-academic staff in public universities for granted.
In another news, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has warned that workers in the country will embark on a nationwide strike if the National Assembly passes the bill seeking to move the minimum wage from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent list.
The president of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, gave the warning on Saturday, May 1, during an event organised to mark Workers’ Day in Abuja, according to Channels TV.
Wabba said the national minimum wage is a global standard that should not be removed from the exclusive legislative.