THE Non Academic Staff of Universities, NASU, who have been on strike since December 2017, Tuesday, in Abuja, entered into a closed door meeting with the Federal Government at the Conference hall of the Federal Ministry of Education.
The meeting which is at the instance of the Federal Government negotiation team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige is expected to deliberate on the “no work, no pay” policy being contemplated by the government against the striking workers.
But the three aggrieved unions of NASU, SSANU and NAAT have said they will not be threatened and have accused the government of being responsible for the prolonged strike.
The meeting which began at 11am, saw the union members as at 12:30pm the agitating to storm out of the Conference hall because neither the two Ministers of labour nor their counterparts in the ministry of education were present, but a staff from the ministry of labour and employment pleaded with the union leaders that the meeting has been shifted to 1pm.
The non academic staff under the umbrella of Joint Action Committee, JAC, comprising the Non Academic Staff Union of Universities and Associated Institutions, NASU, National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, have accused the Federal Government of breaching the agreement entered by the two parties in September 2017 that led to the suspension of the strike the unions had embarked.
However, as at the time of filing this report, Permanent Secretaries in the two ministries were already seated waiting for the leader of the government negotiation team, Chris Ngige.