SSANU Threatens To Go On Strike

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities
(SSANU) says it may commence a nationwide strike by
Monday if its members are not paid their salaries.
Mr Promise Adewusi, the association’s General
Secretary, said this at a press briefing in Abuja on
He said that the strike was being considered to protest
against the stoppage of the salaries of university
workers without any justifiable explanation.
He said that the strike was sequel to a letter written to
the Vice-Chancellors of the affected federal
universities and Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, the
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).
Adewusi said that letters were similarly written to the
Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu,
the Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike
and the Executive Secretary, National Universities
Commission (NUC), Prof. Julius Okojie.
He, however stressed that SSANU members would be
directed to proceed on the strike if the government
refused to pay the salaries.
Adewusi advised the vice-chancellors, the SGF and the
ministers of labour and education to take immediate
steps to remedy the situation.
“Our members in the effected universities have drawn
our attention to the non-payment of their August
salaries without any justifiable explanations, even as
the month of September has almost drawn to an end.
“We, hereby, place on record that our members had
long discharged their obligation as workers for the said
month and they, therefore, deserve their pay.
“The non-payment of our members in the universities,
when some other federal universities have since paid
the August salaries, is viewed by our members as an
act of punishment against them for working and this
has made them restive.
“We, therefore, demand that the August salaries of our
members in those universities be paid to them on or
before Friday, 27 September, 2013.
“Failure to pay by the stipulated date will be regarded
as a conclusive act of aggression against the economic
rights and interests of our members,” he said.
Adewusi said that the union would be at liberty to direct
members to stop work, as they would no longer be in a
position to continue to pay for their transport to work.
Also, Alhaji Mohammed Aliyu, the SSANU Chairman in
Federal University of Technology, Minna, called on the
Federal Government to pay the workers so as to
promote industrial harmony.
Aliyu said that it was unfair for the government not to
pay their salaries, considering the fact that SSANU had
employed dialogue rather than embark on a strike like
the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASSU).
He, however, warned the government not to misjudge
the union’s peaceful disposition as a sign of weakness.
“Government should not punish us because of ASUU is
on strike. If that is what they intend to do, it means they
are inviting more trouble in the system.
“We in SSANU believe that through continuous
dialogue, contentious issues can be resolved; but for
government to refuse to pay our members for two
months is a call for confrontation,” he said.


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