The Staff of the Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU), Ikot Akpaden in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of the State are set to put don their tool and embark on industrial strike action.
This decision of the indefinite industrial action was made known in a notification circular issued on Friday, April 16 2021 by the Joint Action Committee signed by the chairman (chairperson where applicable) of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational. Others include Associated Institutions (NASU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAATI) of AKSU.
JAC said it had observed with great discontent the obnoxious return to 75% salary payment for the months of February and March 2021 while nothing has been heard of the 10 months 25% salary arrears owed to AKSU workers.
These the Joint Action Committee considers as a bridge of the terms of the agreement between them and the Institution following the suspension of the strike action of 5th February 2021 after its congress on Tuesday, February 16 2021. This was to give the government and the school’s management leeway to resolve all outstanding issues.
The committee has however stated that with the mandate of its members after the expiration of 60 days (17, April 2021), “if the issues under contention are not resolved, JAC will be left with no option than to resume its suspended indefinite strike (sit-at-home) action from 12 am, Monday 19th April 2021.”
JAC further states that the ‘sit-at-home action shall be a total Comprehensive and Absolute until all issues are thoroughly resolved and which includes an immediate increment of subvention to the university.
There is yet to be any response from the State government as regards this development in the institution.