SSANU, NASU strike paralyses UNIBEN, FUTO
Written by Henry on August 19, 2019
Academic and other activities were on Monday paralysed at the University of Benin following a one-week warning strike embarked upon by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and the Non Academic Staff Union.
In the same vein, the joint Action Committee of the SSANU, and NASU at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, have grounded the varsity.
The nationwide one-week warning strike embarked upon by the unions is to compel the Federal Government to implement the agreement reached with the unions in 2009.
Early Monday morning, the union leaders embarked on picketing to ensure compliance with the strike as directed by their national headquarters.
The monitoring team set up by NASU were on ground to ensure that offices were not opened and those already opened were closed.
Chairman of NASU, UNIBEN chapter, Comrade Anthony Igbinosa, expressed satisfaction with members’ compliance.
“So far, so good. It has been actually successful. We expected our members to comply and they actually did.
“If you go round the campus, you will see that everywhere is sealed up and this will continue till Friday, 23rd of August, 2019, until we get directives from the national body.
“So far, if we have a hundred, I would rate it 99%.”
At FUTO, chairman of SSANU, Franklin Matthews, who briefed journalists on Monday, said the warning strike would last for five days.
The union leader said the industrial action was to compel government to meet their demands.
He said that part of the demands of the union was to include granting their request on university staff school matters, as well as renegotiation of the 2009 agreement.
Matthews said, “Following the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum given to the government and its failure to show firm commitment towards resolving issues relating to payment of earned allowances, and university staff schools matter, the unions have decided to go on strike.
“The strike is total and comprehensive for the five days.
“No form of concession or internal arrangement should be made with management, while all members must be directed to stay away from their duty posts.
“The decision of the national executive councils of the two unions to the effect that branches that default in compliance should be sanctioned would be complied with should any member disobey.”