The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, and Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Educational Institutions, NASU, will commence a two-week warning strike next Monday.
The planned strike followed what SSANU described as the failure of the Nigerian government to react to the letter the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the two bodies earlier issued threatening to down tools.
This is contained in a memo addressed to the leadership of the unions’ branches nationwide and dated Friday, March 25, 2022.
The memo by JAC, which was signed by SSANU president, Mohammed Ibrahim, and NASU general secretary, Peters Adeyemi, is titled; “Commencement of Two-Week Warning Strike.”
It reads in part: “In view of the nonchalant attitude of the government to our demands, this is to direct our members in all universities and inter-university centres throughout the country to commence a two-week strike by midnight of Sunday, 27 March, 2022, in the first instance as earlier conveyed to the federal government in our letter.
“Please note that the two-week warning strike should be comprehensive and total as no concession should be given under any guise.
“Your strict compliance and adherence to this directive is mandatory for all branches of NASU and SSANU in the universities and inter-university centres.”
On March 16, JAC had written to the office of the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, and had accused the government of insincerity in its implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Memorandum of Action (MoA) reached with the government in October 2020 and February 2021 respectively.