FG moves to avert varsity workers’ strike

The federal government has scheduled a meeting with the leadership of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non Academic Staff Union of Universities and Allied Institutions (NASU) on Tuesday to forestall an impending industrial action that may result in another shutdown of tertiary institutions.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige confirmed the meeting yesterday.

He said that the non-teaching unions had been invited to the meeting to discuss their grievances and to prevent them from proceeding on strike by February 5 as threatened.

Ngige said: ‘ We have received their notice of strike and a meeting has been fixed for Tuesday to discuss the issues”.

The unions had jointly issued an ultimatum to the federal government to address their grievances by February 5 or face an indefinite industrial action.

SSANU and NASU had earlier undertaken a three-day protest at the all the universities in the country to draw government’s attention to their grievances. – Thisday.

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