The Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), has embarked on an indefinite industrial action to demand payment of earned allowances.
The workers of the institution began the strike on the same day their Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) colleagues resumed full academic activities after their nationwide industrial action.
According to reports, the chairperson of NASU at the university, Njideka Nwangwu, said the university management has refused to disburse to non academic staff the earned allowances released by the government to the university in the second week of January.
She stressed the fact that other universities had paid all their workers and claimed that the delay in disbursement was because the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) was yet to sign, whereas in 2017 NASU and SSANU did not sign but the allowance was disbursed.
“The university management has always favoured one union against the other two and using the divide and rile system,” she stated.
Nwangwu said since the only language the system understands is strike, the unions would not resume until they are paid. She pleaded with the students to show understanding with the workers over the strike.
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