Non-academic staff under the aegis of Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), National Association of Academic Technicians (NAAT), and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) at the University of Ibadan, UI on Monday embarked on an indefinite strike to press home their demands.
TheNewsGuru.com reports that the unions had directed its members to proceed on the indefinite strike to protest the illegal deductions of pensions and shortfall in the payment of salaries by the institution’s management and Federal government, respectively.
The decision to proceed on the strike was finally reached on Monday at a joint congress of the three non-academic unions where the pleas of the university management to attend to the demands were rejected.
The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Idowu Olayinka had written to the unions stating his resolve to improve on staff welfare, declaring that his administration had nothing to hide.
However, the joint congress which started as early as 8am rejected the plea by the university management to grant the university some more time to address all the issues, while others would be channelled to the Governing Council scheduled to meet on Wednesday.
The congress was presided over by Wale Akinremi for Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU); Caleb Falaye for National Association of Academic Technicians (NAAT) and O.A Arojo who stood in for Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU).
The three unions had given the management till 10th March, 2017 to address the issues or face indefinite strike action.
Their demands included non-payment of promotion arrears, illegal pension deductions, constitution of independent and credible staff audit exercise and investigation into the internally generated revenue and its mode of expenditure.
TheNewsGuru.com reports that the Academic Staff Union of the University, ASUU were yet to commence their strike.
A message by the Chairman ASUU, UI Chapter, Dr. Deji Omole urged members to endure the hardship, adding that the position of the congress to proceed on warning strike was still being processed by the national headquarters of the union.
The University of Ibadan chapter of ASUU had resolved to proceed on a one-week warning strike if approved by the national headquarters of the Union to protest shortfall in salaries, illegal deduction of pensions, unpaid postgraduate supervision allowance and promotion arrears.