The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) have ordered their branches to commence strike from February 5.
The joint action committee (JAC) of the two unions gave the directive through a letter forwarded to its branch chairmen on Thursday.
The letter was signed by Mohammed Ibrahim, the SSANU president, and Peters Adeyemi, general-secretary of NASU.
“In view of the outcome of the meeting, the leadership of JAC of NASU and SSANU at the branches are hereby directed to commence joint general meetings on Friday to give reports on the outcome of the conciliation meeting and pass resolutions on the way forward,” it read in part.
“In the meantime, the nationwide strike takes effect from 12 midnight, Friday, February 5, 2021, pending any contrary resolution by the branches.”
The unions had earlier threatened to start the industrial action due to the federal government’s handling of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) and also the sharing formula of the N40 billion earned academic allowances.
They also exemplified the non-payment of minimum wage arrears/retirement benefits to ex-members, non-constitution of visitation panels to varsities, poor funding, and teaching staff taking over the headship of the non-teaching units.
In an attempt to stop the workers from starting the strike, the federal government had met with the leadership of the unions on Tuesday.
But the meeting, ended in a standstill with both unions saying that five of its requests have not been taken care of.