PLASU Strike: the PLATEAU State University Branch of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has protested what it claims to be unfairness and discrimination on the part of the university’s administration regarding the payment of its members’ unpaid allowances.
The administration and Governing Council were accused by the union of paying the sister union’s union eight years’ worth of arrears with one year remaining while paying their staff members for only four years, forcing them to bear the weight of seven years’ worth of unpaid arrears.
SSANU, in a communique in Jos at the end of its emergency EXCO meeting by its Chairman, Timnan Rimdap and Secretary, Fom Dakwak, appealed to Governor Simon Lalong to release N323 million to address the discrimination.
It lamented that the university also refused to mainstream the hazard allowance into its members’ monthly salaries at the agreed rate of N30,000 despite the release of funds for the same purpose since February, last year.
“SSANU condemns the fact that though its strike has entered the seventh month, neither management nor governing council has taken any serious step to address the issues in dispute.
“SSANU condemns the fact that funds recently released to the university by government for the payment of arrears of earned allowances was used in settling the arrears owed only members of the sister union in question, leaving our members unpaid.
“This development has created a situation where the sister union has been paid eight years of its arrears leaving a balance of one year while our members, who work in the same university, have only been paid four years leaving a balance of seven years.
“SSANU notes with disappointment that this naked show of discrimination which is unprecedented in the history of tertiary education on the Plateau, represents a wide departure from the principles of good management of human resources and good leadership, for which Prof. Izam is an advocate.”
The union expressed disappointment over the attitude of the institution’s Governing Council members, who allegedly sit comfortably and watch the university management’s discrimination among its staff.
“SSANU wishes to state that the discrimination meted out to its members has generated high tension in the system and the union should not be held responsible should the current situation degenerate into further crisis,” the union said.
Source : Thenation