Withheld salaries: University workers set to commence nationwide strike

 

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) may commence indefinite and comprehensive industrial action due to failure of the federal government to pay the withheld salary owed to them.

A communiqué after the NEC meeting which held at the University of Benin, Edo state, said the union expressed dismay at the delay of the withheld salaries despite assurances from both Ministers of Labour and that of Education, 

The communiqué, which was signed by the National President of SSANU, Comrade Mohammed Haruna said while the union is not begrudging sister unions who were paid, it wondered why the selective treatment was made. 

The communiqué reads: “NEC in session once again expresses utmost dismay at the unprecedented level of government’s insensitivity and deliberate resolve to cause chaos in the university  system by adopting the divide and rule policy to set Unions on a collision course through preferential treatment of one union over others. 

“NEC therefore calls on the federal government to immediately resume the payment of the Wage Award alongside the accrued three months arrears without further delay. NEC also calls on State Governments that are yet to commence payment of the Award to commence payment with the arrears accruing therefrom.”