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NASU prepares for 14-day warning strike

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The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions has stated it will begin a 14-day warning strike in Federal Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education, over shortfall in payment of its members’ salaries.

General Secretary of NASU, Mr Peters Adeyemi, made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

Adeyemi said the non-teaching staff union was protesting the short-payment of its members’ salaries since February 2020 through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.

Adeyemi noted that NASU has issued a notice of strike, having fulfilled all the statutory requirements.

He said the association had also placed all its members in the Federal Universities and Intra-University Centres, Federal Polytechnics and Federal Colleges of Education on a 14-day warning strike.

He added that the strike takes effect from the date of the resumption of work in all the mentioned institutions.

“Thereafter, an indefinite strike will follow if positive action is not taken to remedy the situation, ” he said.

Adeyemi said the strike notice had been conveyed to its members during the weekend through a letter with reference number NASU/CD/307/209.

“We have raised issues in dispute to include non-payment of salaries to some staff, short payment salaries to some staff, failure to pay approved allowances as contained in the FGN/NASU year 2009 agreement.

“Others are, non-deduction of check-off dues, and non-deduction of cooperative and other deductions of its members in the Federal Universities and inter-university centres, Federal Polytechnics and Federal Colleges of Education.

“We have also stated in the petition that various steps aimed at resolving the crisis have failed,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Henshaw Ogubike, Director, Information, Press and Public Relations, OAGF, in a statement said, “This office is not unaware that there are bound to be teething challenges arising from migration of tertiary institutions onto the IPPIS platform.

“On the completion of this process, the issue of payment of consequential arrears can be meaningful and realistic to ensure that there is no overpayment or underpayment arising from the payment.”

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