Nigerian university workers threaten to go on strike over non-implementation of agreement

Nigerian university workers threaten to go on strike over non-implementation of agreement

- Following the federal government's failure to implement the agreement reached with the non-teaching workers of Nigerian universities, another strike is imminent

- The workers have threatened to resume the strike they suspended on March 15

- They are unhappy that the federal government has failed to implement the agreement it reached with them during the strike

The non-teaching workers of Nigerian universities have lamented non-implementation of agreement by the federal government and has threatened to resume their strike which was suspended on March 15, 2018.

The workers have expressed displeasure over government's failure to implement the agreement it reached with them during the strike, Premium Times reports.

NAIJ.com notes that the workers are also unhappy with the rate government is giving approvals for establishment of new universities instead of resources to be concentrated on raising standard of existing ones.

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In a statement on Thursday, May 17, the workers, who are members of three unions, NASU SSANU and NAAT, urged Nigerians to persuade the federal government to implement the agreement so as to avert the resumption of the suspended strike..

The unions decried the failure of the federal government to implement the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) seven weeks after it was signed by the both parties.

Also of concern to the unions is the continued disobedience of government to the national industrial court judgement of December 5, 2016, on university staff schools.

The unions said: “NEC notes that this development is unbecoming of a democratic government supposedly run under the rule of law. It has become the penchant of Government to choose which court judgments to obey and which to disregard. In cases where an attempt is made to obey court judgments, implementation is done selectively and at whim”, the union said in the statement.

According to the unions, Oyo and Osun, the two owners of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) are yet to reinstate the monthly personnel allocations to the Ogbomoso-based institution.

“This development has caused workers of the university to be owed upward of eleven months in arrears of salaries. We urged the governors of the two states to take a step further in the resolution of the crises in LAUTECH by promptly reinstating the monthly personnel emoluments of the university."

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the federal government and the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the non-teaching staff of Nigerian universities reached an agreement over the strike embarked upon by the workers.

Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, said this at a conciliatory meeting with the leadership of the JAC of the unions and other officials of the ministry of education on Friday, September 15, 2017 in Abuja.

The non-teaching staff of Nigerian universities under the auspices of JAC embarked on strike over non- implementation of the 2009 agreement.

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