FUTMin JAC chides Nigerian govt over non-payment of salary
By Mohammed Usman
The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Educational Institutions (NASU), Federal University of Technology, (FUT), Minna, has called on the Nigerian government to pay the March, 2022 salaries of members without delay.
In a statement signed by Comrade Abubakar Aliyu, the chairman, JAC, FUT, Minna chapter, the workers stated thata they expected no delay in taking action by the federal government to avoid aggravating federal government- labour related crisis.
“After its well-attended virtual congress held on Monday, April 11, 2022, JAC frowned at the decision of the Federal Government to withhold the salaries of the non-teaching staff of Nigerian universities despite the prevalent harsh economic realities”.
Insisting that the strike embarked upon by the unions was not only legal but justifiable, the union pleaded with the federal government not to create room for further breach of peace on account of withholding the March 2022 salaries of members in universities.
The statement further argued: “The ‘no work, no pay rule’ is inconsequential in the context of the ongoing strike and that is why the federal government should pay us our salaries because it is our sweat.
“If the government is sincere and had fulfilled its own part of the bargain or contractual agreement, there will be no need for the ongoing industrial strike”, adding that the ongoing strike by the unions was as a result of the federal government’s refusal to do the needful.
“If the federal government had effected the payment of the earned allowances, including payment of the consequential minimum wage arrears to members since 2020, there is no way members will not continue their jobs”, and therefore wants the federal government to rescind its decision on the subject matter.