NAAT Suspends Strike For 3 Month

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CEM REPORT | After a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) suspended its nationwide strike.

The union said the decision was reached after it secured the commitment to implement some of its demands.

The union’s National President, Ibeji Nwokoma, speaking with journalists after the meeting, noted that the suspension takes effect from midnight on Friday, 26th August 2022 and will last for three months for the government to implement its commitment.

He listed the commitments secured from the federal government to include the release of enabling circular on CONTISS 14 and 15, agreements on payment of arrears of minimum wage/consequential adjustments, payment of occupational hazard allowance, and implementation of responsibility allowance, among others but rejected the ‘No work, No pay’ policy of the federal government.

“Following this understanding with the government, NAAT as a democratic union directed all her branches to conduct a referendum on whether to suspend or continue the strike. The National Executive Council of NAAT met and considered the results from branches today Thursday 25th August 2022.

“The result of the referendum from branches showed that 80.56% voted in favour of a suspension of the strike while 19.44% voted for the continuation of the strike.

“Subsequently, NEC came to the conclusion that the demands of NAAT were substantially being addressed.

“Consequent upon the above result, calls and appeals by well-meaning Nigerians, students, parents and other critical stakeholders, NEC in session, in the interest of the nation unanimously resolved to suspend the ongoing strike action for three (3) months to enable government address all the issues at stake, effective from midnight of Friday, 26th August 2022.

“By this development, all NAAT members in tertiary institutions are directed to resume work with effect from the date stated above. NAAT, therefore requests that students especially final year project students/researchers with ongoing research activities and other unfinished practical works can come over and would be attended to.

“On the Federal Government of Nigeria’s position to invoke the ‘No work, No pay’ rule, NAAT totally reject this in its entirety as we are not the architect of the prolonged strike but rather FGN’s failure to address all the contending issues promptly. It should be noted that NAAT complied with all laid down procedures before embarking on the industrial action.

“Therefore, NAAT demands in strong terms the payment of our withheld salaries without delay.

“It is important to state that at the expiration of the three-month window period, NAAT will not hesitate to resume the suspended strike without notice if all the issues agreed upon with the Honourable Minister of Education, on behalf of the government are not holistically addressed.”

NAAT had embarked on the strike on March 21, 2022, to press home its demands which included non-full implementation of the FGN/NAAT 2009 agreement, refusal to release enabling circular for the implementation of CONTISS 14 and 15 for academic technologists, and non-payment of the arrears of Earned Academic Allowances to our members, among others.

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