University workers in the country will begin a three-day warning strike on Tuesday (tomorrow) over the lingering monetisation arrears, negotiation on salary structure and 65-year retirement age.
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities has already directed its members to commence the action following its National Executive Council meeting at the University of Abuja on Friday.
Also in a letter by the President of SSANU, Mr. Promise Adewusi, to the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent in Abuja, the association said nothing would stop the strike.
The letter was also copied to the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Labour, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, the President, the Speaker House of Representatives and all vice-chancellors.
It reads, ?Following our notice of strike action dated August 19, 2008, addressed to the Minister of Education, we regret to inform you that as a result of the insensitivity of government officials and agencies to the plight of our members.
?SSANU-NEC at its emergency meeting of September 12, 2008, resolved to go on a three-day warning strike with effect from Tuesday September 16, 2008.
?In coming to this painful resolution, SSANU-NEC, which would otherwise have directed an indefinite strike, deferred to President Umaru Yar?Adua and took cognizance of the fact that he has only returned to his office after performing the lesser hajj.?
It said the association also considered the fact that the new SGF needed time to settle in office and might not have been properly briefed on thier grievances.
The workers? anger include non-implementation of the 65 years retirement age for members over seven years after it was collectively agreed upon between the SSANU and the Federal Government; non-payment of two years arrears of monetisation (2003-2005); and the unending re-negotiation of the 2001 collective agreement between Federal Government and the SSANU.
SSANU also said it was disheartening that a meeting called on Thursday by the Minister of Education did not yield any positive result.
It said, ?Rather than take pragmatic steps to resolve the issues, the minister had insisted he was not going to dialogue with the union but was merely directing the union on what not to do while the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission was threatening the union and daring it to go on strike.?