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Workers’ Day: SSANU decries exclusion from 40% pay rise

Workers’ Day: SSANU decries exclusion from 40% pay rise

Workers’ Day: SSANU decries exclusion from 40% pay rise

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has decried the exclusion of its members from the 40% pay rise for civil servants in the country.

The national president of SSANU who doubles as the national internal auditor for the Nigeria Labour Congress, Muhammed Ibrahim, made this known in a goodwill message to commemorate the 2023 International Workers’ Day.

Ibrahim, who noted that the union was determined to contribute positively to the “building of a great country,” also decried the failure of the government to release the salaries of its members which were withheld during the four-month strike period it engaged in during the year 2022.

Speaking in the statement released in Abuja on Monday, Ibrahim said, “Our members have continued to report for duty in the most security-challenging parts of Nigeria.

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“It’s a pity that the federal government has remained adamant in the payment of withheld four months’ salaries during the nationwide strike in 2022. Comrades, you are all aware that SSANU complied with all industrial legal protocols before embarking on strike when the government reneged on its part of the bargain. We have made every effort for the government to see the reason why we should be paid our rightful due all to no avail. We are once again calling on the government to urgently pay the withheld salaries without further delay. The insensitivity of the government to the plight of workers is provocative and unbearable.

“Comrades, you are also aware that since we suspended the strike last year, the issue of re-negotiation of the 2009 Agreement has not yielded any result. It appears the federal government does not like the industrial harmony in the universities. We are calling on the government to without any delay ensure that the renegotiation is urgently concluded and implemented.

“On the 40 per cent pay rise, it is unfathomable why some workers have started receiving their payment, our members are yet to receive theirs. We call on the government to ensure that our members receive their own payment as soon as possible if not, we can no longer guarantee industrial harmony in the universities.

“We should also place it on record that the N50 billion Earned Allowances which the government promised last year is yet to be paid. We are using this opportunity to tell the government to release it as quickly as possible as further delay will not be helpful to the system.”

Workers’ Day: SSANU decries exclusion from 40% pay rise

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