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Breaking: SSANU, NASU, NAATS stage protest, shut UNILAG gate over withheld salaries

Breaking: SSANU, NASU, NAATS stage protest, shut UNILAG gate over withheld salaries
  • PublishedMarch 20, 2024

Members of the non-academic staff unions have paralysed activities at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), as they embark on protest to kick-start a seven-day warning strike.

The unions involved in the protest on Wednesday include the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities; the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational Associated Institutions; and the National Association of Academic Technologists of the University of Lagos.

They staged a peaceful protest in front of the school’s gate.

The protesting members of the union blocked vehicular movement and hindered the free flow of traffic in the environment.

They could be seen singing as they displayed various placards to register their grievances with the Federal Government over their withheld salaries.

Recall that the JAC of SSANU and NASU had, for about a month, called the government’s attention to its exclusion from the payment of the withheld salaries, which it commenced payment for the Academic Staff Union of Universities in February.

Their salaries were withheld when the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari invoked a ‘No Work, No Pay policy’ against the ASUU, SSANU and NAATS who embarked on a strike that lasted eight months, four months and five-and-half months respectively in 2022.

However, NAATS also joined and began its three-day warning strike today.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) have stormed the secretariat of the Labour Party to protest the party’s national convention planned for end of this month. 

The union also demanded the sack of the National Chairman of the party, Julius Abure.

The NLC leadership alleged that Abure was planning to hold a “secret” convention without the inputs of major stakeholders. 

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It was gathered that the planned convention has pitched Abure against the NLC and the House of Representatives caucus. 

The workers accused Abure of planning to destroy the Labour Party. 

The protesting workers have been refused entry into the party Secretariat by the Nigeria Police Force.

Source; Vanguard.

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Regina Robinson

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