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General News of Monday, 27 September 2021

Source: punchng.com

FG should be blamed for constant strikes – NASU, SSAUTHRIAI

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige

The Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and Associated Institutions and the Senior Staff Association of Universities’ Teaching Hospitals Research Institutes and Associated Institutions have blamed the non-implementation of agreements by the Federal Government for the perennial industrial crisis in the country.

The General Secretary of NASU, Peters Adeyemi, who stated this in Abuja on Sunday, also lamented the non-implementation of agreements reached with unions in research institutions 10 years ago.

He noted, “We have had to contend with the problem of government and employers of labour in our country abdicating their responsibility and refusing to honour signed agreements.”

Adeyemi said the volume of industrial crises in Nigeria was as a result of the refusal of the Federal Government to implement agreements with the unions.

He said it was becoming problematic because the government was still signing Memorandum of Understanding and Memorandum of Agreement without implementing them. Adeyemi stated, “It seems, to a large extent, that such actions are nothing, but a fire brigade approach on the part of the Federal Government to get striking workers back to work.

“They sign these MoUs and MoAs when they know they are not going to do anything to address the grievances of the unions. I am not sure the Federal Government even knows the number of MoUs and MoAs they have signed in recent times.”

The NASU president insisted that the government approach would only precipitate more industrial actions “as the unions will be legitimately right for prosecuting the strike”.Also, the SSAUTHRIAI President, Mr Akintola Benjamin, accused the FG of not honouring agreements.According to him, the issues in contention included withdrawal of circular on non-skipping of Salary Grade Level 10. 

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