Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, SSANU, has threatened that the union would have no option than to embark on a long strike if the federal government refuses to meet all its demands, adding that the planned industrial action by non-teaching staff in the universities may last up to three months.
SSANU National President, Mohammed Ibrahim who recently disclosed this to Journalist yesterday expressed hope that government would do the needful to avert the long-planned strike.
“So, I believe having called us the first time though we have not agreed yet, we still believe and we are hopeful that the government will do the needful by attending to our demands. But if those demands are not met, I can assure you that our cups are full and this is the time for our members to drive home their point through strike if that is the only language the government listens to,” he said.
Nigerian Pilot learnt that the union had threatened to commence a nationwide strike from February 5, 20219 (Today) over the Federal Government’s handling of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, sharing formula for the N40bn earned academic allowances and non-payment of arrears of the new minimum wage.
Ibrahim said the planned strike by the non-teaching workers was a matter of necessity, adding that the only language the government seems to understand is a strike.
“In the history of this union, we have never gone on strike beyond three months and this is probably because the government realised also that there is no way they will allow us to go on strike for that long because if our people should go on strike, the system would be shut, there would no water, no electricity, no security, no healthcare, you can imagine what will happen,” he said.
The SSANU President explained how the Federal Government deceived the varsity workers to be enrolled on the IPPIS platform.
According to him, IPPIS does not capture the peculiarities of the payments in the university community.
“When IPPIS came on board in February 2020, before then, all the unions in the universities vehemently rejected the implementation of IPPIS for the payment of salaries.
“From our own angle, we said we don’t throw away the baby with the bathwater, let us listen to the government, what it is that they have to offer on this IPPIS. The government came with the mantra of they want to block leakages and fight corruption, and we all know that corruption exists in the public service,” he said.
The SSANU President said the workers realised the system was not working as many workers were not paid their deserved allowances and earnings and therefore wrote the government on the development.
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