Details have emerged on the offers made by the Nigerian Government to the university non-teaching staff towards ending the indefinite strike they began on Monday.
The negotiating team the Joint Action Committee, JAC, of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, NASU, and the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT had Thursday night risen from a 9-hour, 13 minutes meeting with a delegation of government officials in Abuja and subsequently announced it had agreed to take the government offers to its members for further deliberations.
The head of the JAC, Samson Ugwoke, who led the negotiating team of the unions to the meeting, said the team would present the government’s proposals at their National Executive Council meeting for a decision and get back to the government in six days.
“Within the said period, the government has promised that a certain amount of cash will be paid and if the money is paid into the account of the University, then it is ours. I hope the minister does well with his promises,” he said.
Also, according to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, the meeting discussed the 12 items which constituted the demands of the three unions.
In trying to discourage the unions from going on strike, the minister had also subtly reminded them of section 43 of the Trade Union Act, which stipulates “No work, No pay.”
“I want to reiterate what I told the unions, the unions should operate within the ambits of the law. This is enshrined in the constitution.
The security and the welfare of citizens is the cardinal job of any government. No government will go out and start maltreating her people, so if we have laws, it is for the big and the small (people), for the high, mighty and the lowly. It is for everybody.,” Mr. Ngige said.
Mr. Ngige then listed some of the demands and how the government will tackle each item.
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