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SSAUTHRIAI threatens industrial action over pact


The Senior Staff Association of Universities. Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRIAI) has threatened to embark on a nationwide strike if the Federal Government failed to implement the agreement it freely entered into with the union on September 30, this year.

A communiqué issued at the end of its National Executive Meeting (NEC) held at its national secretariat in Ibadan, Oyo State regretted that almost two months after it suspended its strike following agreement reached with the Federal Ministry of Health and Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, “there is no significant action on the implementation of the memorandum”.

It stated that though the Federal Government requested for two weeks to resolve all issues that forced the union to embark on strike but “there is no indication so far to suggest that positive action from the government that the agreement reached with JORAISU) will be implemented.”

The union said it was worrisome that promotion arrears are owed its members in Teaching/Specialist Hospitals, Federal Medical Centres (FMCs), Research Institutes and Projects, Colleges of Agriculture and National Library of Nigeria.

The union, however, called on the Accountant General of the Federation to pay the affected staff of those institutions.

The Communiqué signed by its Acting President B. A. Akintola and General Secretary M. O. Akinade disclosed that the union had reached agreement with the government for “upward adjustment of CONHESS salary scale; skipping of CONHESS 10; and enhanced entry point for Radiographers and Medical Laboratory Scientist.”

The union urged government to review of the TETFund Act and resolve issues surrounding the payment of 12 months arrears of 53.37 per cent salary increase; retirement age of 65 years for non-research staff as it obtainable in the university; peculiar allowance/earned allowance; establishment of a central body known as National Research Institute Commission (NARICOM); adequate funding of Research Institutes and Release of Condition of Service.

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