The strike embarked upon by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Non Academic Staff of Universities (NASU) in conjunction with the Senior Staff Association of Universities (SSANU, University of Ibadan branch), which commenced on Friday, February 14 might not be called off soon as members were on Tuesday bent on getting their demands, which the management had not addressed, fully satisfied.
Part of the demands of the unions, according to one of the members, who craved anonymity, were: “Reinstatement of staff school teachers on the payroll; stoppage of illegal pension deductions; and continuation of their October increments which were stopped in 2019 and shifted to January without any official paper backing the change.”
Others include: “Inclusion of SSANU/NASU in the disciplinary committee of trials of their members or when treating their cases; Stoppage of use of autocratic power to deal with non-teaching members; and payment of shift allowance and overtime.”
Before commencement of the strike, the unions had given a 14-day notice to the management but which was not answered. After that, another seven-day notice was given, and yet, the university authorities did not deem it fit to attend to them, another member lamented.
New Telegraph’s investigation, however, showed that the management, through the Registrar, Mr. Olubunmi Faluyi, on February 15, said that: “Overtime is no longer a payroll item and to that effect it cannot be paid along with monthly salary. The overtime and shift allowances will be paid from IGR. Every month will cost the university between N3 to N4 million. November 2019 has been paid. The outstanding two months will also be paid,” he said.
On the Staff School, the management said: “Teachers of our Staff School are expected to receive the usual 75% as agreed. One month (October 2019) has been paid already in the last few days. Management is committed to paying the outstanding three months latest by the first week of March.”