The Staff of Delta State University (DELSU) Abraka, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the non-teaching staff union, has issued a 7-day ultimatum to the institution to meet its demands or faces indefinite industrial strike action.
The Joint Action Committee made up of Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities ( SSAANU) Chairman, Comrade Monday Izu, NATT Chairman, Comrade Ahatty Goodwin and NASU Chairman, Comrade Lucky Oritsedere, the JAC regretted that the management of the University was yet to indicate any overt plan or willingness to implement the 2016 promotion and effect payment of the October 2016 and 2017 incremental steps despite the state Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa’s approval which dated January 2018.
The union in a statement issued, a copy, which was made available to newsmen in Asaba, reads: “In the light of the above, the Joint Action Congress (JAC) of SSANU, NAAT and NASU at meeting held on January 29, 2019, unanimously decided to give the Delta State University management a 7-day ultimatum with effect from January 30, 2019 within which to meet the following demands: failure to which members of JAC shall embark on a total and indefinite industrial action.
“The demands are that the short fall of 2014 and 2015 promotion arrears 40 percent can be paid without further delay: that the 2016 Staff promotion be implemented Immediately: that the arrears that have accrued from 2016 Staff Promotion be Paid without further delay.
“Others are that the arrears of increment steps for October 2016 and 2017 be paid immediately and the Secondary School teachers be destagnated unconditionally without further delay since the destagnation does not attract financial benefits, This is one year after the governor graciously approved the exercise.
“Accordingly, the management of the Delta State University (DELSU) Abraka is, hereby, given a 7-day Ultimatum with effect from Wednesday January 30, 2019 , within which to meet the above stated demands, failure to which members of SSANU, NAAT and NASU Shall embark on a total industrial action.”
But the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Victor Peretemode, when contacted by newsmen, said the University DELSU Management was studying the ultimatum, adding that the management will do everything possible to avert the intending strike action.