Non-teaching staff at the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) under the Joint Action Committee (JAC), threatened to shut down the institution on November 15, 2021 if their members do not receive the back pay minimum and allowances earned.
UNN-JAC consists of the Union of Non-University Staff of Universities (NASU) and the Association of Senior Staff of Nigerian Universities (SSANU).
JAC UNN chapter chairman Paul Arua as he briefed reporters in Nsukka shortly after a peaceful protest on the main streets of the campus yesterday said a three-day nationwide protest that began on Wednesday complied with a directive from the union’s national executive.
Some of the signs displayed by the protesters read: “FG is now paying us our overdue minimum wage arrears”, “We totally reject the proposed biased sharing formula of earned allowances”, “We reject the current split formula between non-teaching band personnel. Â», Among others.
Erua said the national leadership issued the warning protest directive after its November 8, 2021 meeting regarding the federal government’s inability to pay back minimum wages and allowances earned to members after a series of promises.
“If, after November 15, our arrears of minimum wages and earned allowances are not paid by the government, JAC will launch an indefinite strike that will cripple both the academic and administrative activities of the UNN.”