VARSITY workers will begin a nationwide strike on Monday, as the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has declared a seven-day warning strike over the non-payment of the Earned Allowances of the non-teaching staff in the universities as agreed in the 2009 FGN/SSANU agreement.
The strike is to begin across the country on Monday, November 10, if steps are not taken to resolve the issues involved, SSANU National President, Comrade Samson Ugwoke, has said.
To this end, the union has written President Goodluck Jonathan and the Minister of Education, Professor Ruqquatu Rufai, stating that the strike will affect all Federal and state universities across the country. Copies of the letters were sent to the Minister of Labour, Chief Emeka Wogu and the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC).
According to the letters, which were made available to Nigerian Tribune on Tuesday, the strike is triggered by the failure of the government to make provision for the payment of the Earned Allowance in the 2013 budget, a development described by Comrade Ugwoke as a fundamental breach of the said agreement.
Another issue that triggered the strike is the report of the Committee on NEEDS Assessment of Nigerian public universities, most especially the curious manner in which the government raised a white paper on the report of the committee, which impacts directly on the continued existence of its members without any invitation or input from the union.
In the letters, signed by Comrade Ugwoke and dated November 27, (to President Jonathan) and 30 November, (to Minister of Education), the union said the suspended strike would begin on December 10 if pragmatic steps were not taken to resolve the issues between 3 December and 12 a.m on 10 December.