The Plateau State University chapter of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), is set to embark on an indefinite strike over non-payment of earned allowance and other entitlements.
The union also said that the strike would commence as soon as they receive approval from the national secretariat.
Chairman of SSANU in PLASU, Comrade Timnan Rimdap, said the decision to proceed on strike was taken by SSANU Congress following the expiration of the seven-day ultimatum given to management to act.
Rimdap added that the resolution has since been conveyed to the National Secretariat of SSANU for further necessary action.
He said that prior to the seven-day ultimatum, which expired on December 8, SSANU had in a letter dated July 2, 2021, issued a 21-day ultimatum which expired on July 23, 2021.
“SSANU in another letter dated August 3, 2021, issued a four-week ultimatum which expired on September 3, 2021,” he said.
Recall that due to the failure of the University administration to address the grievances raised in the aforementioned letters, SSANU Congress embarked on a three-day peaceful protest from November 29th to December 1, 2021.
“SSANU Congress at its meeting on December 1, 2021, resolved to issue the University administration a 7-day ultimatum to address the issues,” he added.
He said that the issues in contention include; mainstreaming of hazard allowance at the Governing Council approved rate of N30,000 as against the N15,000 being paid by the university administration.
Other issues according to him were; payment of arrears of minimum wage from April 2019 to December 2020, payment of arrears of earned allowances.
“Another issue is the payment of arrears of salaries and regularization of the salary payday and constitution of a board to manage the staff gratuity fund.
“Implementation of Consolidated Tertiary Institutions Staff Salary (CONTISS) 15 salary grade in line with the CONTISS salary.
“Implementation of 30 working days as annual leave, as against calendar days, as is the practice in the Nigerian University system,” he added.