CEM REPORT | The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and other striking university union has announced the suspension of their strike for two months.
The unions said the suspension would be for the implementation of the agreement reached with the Federal Government.
The striking university unions expect the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are suspending the strike after five months.
ASUU is the only union that has rejected the federal government’s plea, insisting that the government must pay ASUU members’ withheld salaries for the past six months.
SSANU National Vice President, Abdussobur Salaam, who is also a member of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) set up by both SSANU and NASU to jointly address issues of disagreement with the government made the disclosure in an interview.
He said the JAC had reached some level of agreement with the federal government nothing that the government had agreed to pay N50 billion earned allowances for members of the unions.
He added that the government had also agreed to adhere to the guidelines of collective bargaining throughout the process of negotiation.
“Some agreements were reached to further facilitate the process of collective bargaining. The spirit of collective bargaining must be respected before, during and after negotiations. And N50 billion for the payment of earned academic allowances.”
He added that the government has agreed to fast-track the process of deciding on the payment platform developed by the unions- University Peculiar Payroll Payment (U3PS).
The U3PS, tested alongside IPPIS and UTAS also did better than the IPPIS, said Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, on Thursday.
“What we expect them to do in the next two months is to release the result and determine a way forward for us to be able to rest this issue of the payment platform.
“The process should be fast-tracked within two months. We are only giving them a two months window. It is not an open-ended suspension.”
CEM had reported the demands of both unions to include the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement, payment of earned allowances, usurpation of non-academic career positions by vice-chancellors, inclusion of university staff school into the university community, non-payment of minimum wage arrears, and funding of state universities.