The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) will begin a nation-wide industrial action on Monday, over the stoppage of salaries of university workers.

The strike follows letters written to the vice chancellors of some federal universities, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, the Minister of State for Education, Barrister N. Wike and the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Julius Okojie.

SSANU General Secretary, Comrade Promise Adewusi, told the liveschoolnews in Abuja on Thursday that the union will give directive to its members to that effect.

The union had warned in the letter dated 23 September and entitled: “Non-payment of the salaries of our members in your university for the month of August, 2013,” that if by Friday, 27 September, the salaries had not been paid, it would not hesitate to direct its members to stop coming to work.

It also advised the vice chancellors, the SGF and the Ministers of Labour and Education to take immediate steps to remedy the situation.

The letter read: “We bring you fraternal greetings from our national secretariat. Our members in your university have drawn our attention to the fact of the non-payment of their August salaries in your university without any justifiable explanations, even as the month of September is almost drawing to an end.

“We hereby place on record that our members had long discharged their obligation as workers in the said month and, therefore, deserved their pay.

“The non-payment of our members in your university when some other federal universities had since paid the August salaries is viewed by our members as an act of punishment against them for working and this has made them restive.

“We, therefore, demand that the August salaries of our members in your university be paid to them on or before Friday, 27 September, 2013.

Failure to pay by that day will be regarded as a conclusive act of aggression against the economic right and interest of our members.

“We shall then be at liberty to direct them on work stoppage as our members would no longer be in position to continue to transport themselves to work. We urge you to take immediate steps to remedy this anomaly.”

The letter was sent to the Vice Chancellors of the Federal University of Technology, Oweri (FUTO); University of Ilorin (UNILORIN); Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU); Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi (ATBU); Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife; University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN).

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