NASU, SSANU, NAAT SUSPEND INDUSTRIAL ACTION

The non-teaching staff unions of Nigerian government universities under the umbrella of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) have suspended their industrial action.

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The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) announced the suspension of the 11days old strike in the early hours of Thursday, September 21.

This was pronounced at a media briefing in Abuja, where the Chairman of the Joint Action Committee (JAC), Sam Ugwoke announced that the strike was suspended for the government to fulfill its part of the Memorandum of Understanding signed with FG within a month.

The decision followed the agreement reached with the unions by the Federal Government, after eight hours of negotiations since last night.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, who led the Federal Government delegation at the meeting, gave assurances that the government has agreed to address all 12 issues raised by the striking workers.

The strike was suspended two weeks after the unions declared a “total and comprehensive” industrial action.

Some of the demands of the striking workers include the immediate payment of earned allowances and a review of the universities governance system among other issues.

The decision is a welcome development for stakeholders in the education sector, as well as students of government-owned universities as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had also suspended its strike with conditions.

 

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