Government, varsities’ non-academic unions meet today to review dispute
NLC plans mass action in 10 states over salary arrears
The non-academic staff unions in the universities are today meeting with the Federal Government to decide on their demands.
The Guardian learnt that the Federal Government is committed to sealing a pact with them, since academic exercise cannot hold without their support.
The unions involved are the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and Associated Institutions (NASU), National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) and Senior Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (SSANU).
They are expected to present a feedback to the Federal Government on the negotiations they had last week after consultation with their branches.
But, the NASU General Secretary, Peters Adeyemi, said though the three unions were ready to meet with the government, there was no clear indication that the strike would be suspended immediately.
He explained that since the three bodies had gone to present government’s offers to their members, the outcome of today’s meeting would decide if the strike would be called off.
The President of NASU, Chris Ani, on his part, said: “We are determined to continue with the struggle, as long as government remains unconcerned to the sufferings of the workers.”
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, and his counterpart in the education ministry, Adamu Adamu, would lead the government delegation.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) said it would offer support to its state councils where state governments owe salaries more than three months.
He disclosed this at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the three unions.
Wabba said the union would give support to states’ councils to begin strikes and protests against non-payment of salary arrears.
He said 10 out of 36 states of the federation owed their workers salaries.
While berating Zamfara State for failing to implement the 2011 minimum wage, he listed states that were heavily and partially indebted to their workers to include Imo, Bayelsa, Ondo, Ekiti, Benue and Kogi states.
Others are Abia, Osun, Zamfara and Ebonyi
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