THE meeting between the Federal Government Negotiation Team and striking non teaching staff in the universities was inconclusive last night but with some agreements reached between the two parties.
SSANU members preparing bean cakes and pap in celebration of the VC’s suspension.
Though the Federal Government team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige had agreed to the 12 points demand of the three non academic staff unions of universities, the unions declined to sign agreement with Federal Government at the end of the meeting that lasted for about nine hours.
Reading some of the decisions reached at the meeting, Senator Ngige who was flanked by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Prof. Stephen Ocheni stated that the Federal Government has approved the payment of N23 billion for Earned Allowances for Academic and Non Academic Staff of Federal Government during the negotiation with various parties.
Recall that the Joint Action Committee comprised of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, Non Academic Staff Union, NASU, and National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, had on Monday, 11th September, 2017, embarked on total and indefinite strike action to press home for the implementation of the 12 demands including the 2009, 2012 and 2017 agreements signed by both parties.
President of JAC of the three unions and President of SSANU, Comrade Samson Ugwoke, at the end of the negotiation, disclosed that the Unions did not sign any Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) or agreement with Federal Government negotiation team.
He said the Unions lacked the power to endorse the document at the venue of the negotiation but would require the approval of various Unions’ NEC and revert back to government on Wednesday, 20th September, 2017.
Meanwhile, Federal Government through Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment had threatened to invoke Section 43 of the Trade Union Act which stipulate ‘No work no pay’ law, if members of the three non-academic staff unions of Federal Universities fail to resume work immediately.