The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday issued a three-week ultimatum to the Federal Government to address all agreements reached in December 2020 or risk another nationwide strike.
This is coming as the Senior Staff Association of Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities met today to deliberate next moves over the failure of the Federal Government to meet the union’s demands.
The Union’s President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke while addressing newsmen in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, lamented the failure of the Federal Government to attend to the needs of the union which has left them with no choice.
According to him, the union might be compelled to embark on another nationwide strike should the government fail to implement the Memorandum of Action signed with ASUU prior to the suspension of the last industrial action.
“We are giving the Federal Government a three week ultimatum, if after three weeks they don’t meet our demands, we will be going on strike.
“We believe we have tried enough by giving them enough time.”
It would be recall that ASUU had in March 2020 embarked on a nationwide strike which lasted for over nine months following the Federal Government’s inability to meet agreements both parties entered in 2009.
Another issue was the unions demanded that its members should be exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) pending the approval of the proposed payment system – the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
The Federal Government had signed a memorandum of understanding with the unions last year and had promised to fulfill demands ranging from payment of earned allowances, introduction of the UTAS platform for University workers, payment of revitalization fund for Universities among others.
ASUU, however, called off the strike on December 3 following the FG’s promise to meet their demands.