Nationwide strike : NLC President Leads Day 2 Protest Over University Unions Strike

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ASUU, NLC Nationwide strike news update 

The nationwide strike by university employees continued on Wednesday, and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) protested this in Abuja.

This occurs a day after a similar protest that was held, with the exception of the Federal Capital Territory, in several states of the Federation (FCT).

Members of the NLC leadership, representatives from different affiliated unions, and protesters gathered at the Unity Fountain in the nation’s capital at around 9:30 am.

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NLC President Ayuba Wabba, ASUU President Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, and Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, the academic union’s recently-past president, were among those who were present in person.

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 Photo Credit: Channel TV: NLC members protest over the strike by university unions on July 27, 2022. 

Ejes  also noted a significant security presence, primarily Nigeria Police officers, at the protest site.

The protesters intend to march to the National Assembly, where the NLC president will address the legislators on behalf of the labour unions.

Those involved in the ASUU Nationwide strike protest 

Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) members are among the university employees who have gone on strike for a variety of reasons.

On February 14, lecturers at government-owned universities who are members of ASUU went on a nationwide strike in protest of the government’s adoption of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) as the payment system for the higher education sector, as well as other issues like inadequate funding for universities and the non-payment of some of their coworkers’ salaries and benefits.

Numerous negotiations between the union and the government have resulted in impasse since the start of the industrial action.

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Other university unions have also expressed their concerns, and while the government is still working to find solutions to the problems brought up by the lecturers on strike, the crisis at the public universities may not be resolved anytime soon.

In response, the NLC criticised the Federal Government for how it had handled the industrial actions that had paralysed operations in public institutions.

Additionally, it demanded that the government pay the striking workers’ salaries, which it claimed had been “frozen on the basis of the so-called “no work, no pay” policy.”

The labour union, alarmed by the state of affairs in the university sector, called for a two-day nationwide strike in every state.

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The Federal Government should prepare for a three-day nationwide strike, Wabba, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, warned.

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“The protest’s primary purpose is to express our concern and to demand swift action to address the problems. He stressed the significance of the protest while stating that two levels of decisions were made.

“The first step is a national protest to draw attention to the problems and demand their prompt resolution. If nothing changes after the protest, the next step is a three-day national warning strike to express our complaints.

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