SSANU, NAAT and NASU suspend strike ...urge all Staff to resume work Monday - aksu360

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SSANU, NAAT and NASU suspend strike ...urge all Staff to resume work Monday

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Members of SSANU, NAAT and NASU have announced the suspension of the 11-day old strike. Sam Ugwoke, the National President of the Joint Action Committee of 3 unions, announced the suspension in Abuja.

Mr. Ugwoke said the strike was being suspended for a month to allow the government meet their demands. He enjoined government to “ensure compliance” with agreements reached with the unions. At the meeting, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed with the federal government delegation led by the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige.

Mr. Ngige had earlier said both parties produced “collective agreement of action” after the meeting. Chairman of the Joint Action Committee and President of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Comrade Samson Ugokwe directed all members to go back to work with effect from Monday, September 25, 2017.

Ugokwe said “The strike by the university based non-teaching unions was indeed avoidable and would have been averted if government had done the needful. Arising from the series of deliberations and engagements, we have once again gone to the drawing board".

“The negotiations we have had since the beginning of the strike have developed a template which we hope will be a panacea to the continued conflicts between the university based non-teaching staff unions and the Federal Government".

“We have developed an actionable template with specific time frames to implement salient aspects of the agreement. Based on the foregoing and following exhaustive and extensive consultations with our various union organs, we hereby announce the suspension of the strike action embarked upon by the Joint Action Committee of NAAT, NASU and SSANU, on the understanding that the time lines agreed with the Federal Government on the various issues are met".

“We have consequently directed our members to resume work on Monday, September 25, 2017. In one months time, we shall be reviewing the level of compliance with the agreement and shall not hesitate to resume the strike action if government reneges on the agreements reached or delays in any aspects.”

He said further that: “As responsible Trade Unions, we are not oblivious of the implications and effects of a strike action on Nigerians including the hardships even on us. But when left with no choice and having no options, the strike had to  be embarked upon, having exhausted every other means of conveying our agitations to the powers that be".

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