The Joint Action Committee has ordered all branches of the Non-Academic Staff Union and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities to hold joint congresses on Tuesday to decide the possible commencement of an indefinite strike over the non-implementation of the agreements the Federal Government signed with the unions in October last year.
The committee, in a circular titled ‘Request for Branch Resolutions’, issued the directive Thursday after a meeting that reviewed the just concluded three-day nationwide protests by the unions.
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The unions had, among other things, protested ’the Federal Governments handling of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System <https://punchng.com/ippis-varsity-workers-protest-may-down-tools/>, the sharing formula of the N40 billion earned academic allowances. The circular was co-signed by the NASU and SSANU Presidents, Dr Makolo Hassan and Mohammed Ibrahim respectively.
The JAC said its leadership would meet next Thursday to collate and make a decision on the branch resolutions which would be communicated to the branches, subsequently.
“The National JAC further observed the need for members of the unions (NASU and SSANU) to take ownership of subsequent decisions in respect of the way forward after the nationwide protests.
“To this end, branch chairmen of NASU and SSANU are hereby directed to convene joint congresses simultaneously on Tuesday 19th, January 2021 to take a resolution on the possible commencement of an indefinite and total national strike in respect of non-implementation of the issues contained in the Memorandum of Understanding signed and agreed with the unions by the Federal Government on 20th October 2020.”