The Members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) has on Monday commenced a five-day nation-wide strike.
According to a statement issued on Monday by the leaders of NASU and SSANU, Samson Ugwoke and Peter Adeyemi respectively, Nigerian university workers have been directed to embark on the five-day industrial action.
“You are hereby directed to embark on a five-day strike effective from Monday, 19th to Friday, 23rd August 2019. Be informed that the strike is total and comprehensive for five days,” SSANU and NASU leaders stated.
In a memo to all the branches last Thursday, SSANU and NASU had made it known that if at the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum if the Nigerian Government failed to address all their demands, they would be left with no other option than to go on a warning strike.
The leadership of the unions noted that no form of concession or internal arrangement should be made with management of institutions while all members must be directed to stay away from their duty posts, explaining that the strike was as a result of the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum given to the Federal Government.
The unions accused the government of failing to show firm commitment towards resolving the issues by the unions, including the payment of earned allowances to members.