University workers strike continues as talks between FG, unions collapse

– The ongoing universities strike is bound to continue.

– A meeting between federal government officials and universities’ unions ended in a deadlock

– The leaders of all the university unions in various branches and institutions have been informed on the outcome of the meeting

The effort to end the ongoing strike by unions of Nigerian university workers has reached a deadlock, Premium Times reports.

A meeting between the federal government officials and the university workers on Tuesday, December 19, ended without an agreement between both parties.

Speaking after the meeting, some executives of the unions – Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) said the strike would continue.

The public relations officer of SSANU, Abdussobur Salaam, said leaders of the unions in various branches and institutions have been informed on the outcome of the meeting.

Salaam said: “Our branch leaders have been informed that the strike continues and no stone will be left unturned to ensure full compliance of the strike directive.”

He also noted that the federal government acknowledged the legitimacy of the unions’ grievances and has assured the three unions that efforts are ongoing to correct the unfortunate situation.

The unions said the strike which commenced on Monday, December 4, would be called off only if the federal government releases the N30 billion to them.

The unions said the money would be added to the N4.6 billion shared among the three non-teaching staff of institutions.

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