The non-academic staff of federal universities, inter-university centers, polytechnics and colleges of education (NASU) have threatened to embark on strike from April 1 if there are shortfalls in their March salary.
They noted that a seven-day warning strike, earlier planned for this month, was abandoned due to the closure of institutions across the country because of COVID-19 outbreak.
The union, under the aegis of Non-academic Staff of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), cautioned the Office of Accountant-General of the Federation managing the Integrated Payroll Personnel and Information System (IPPIS) not to make mistake in the March salary of its members.
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According to the union, if the mistakes of shortfalls as reflected in the February salary of its members are repeated, it will shut down federal institutions.
NASU General-Secretary Peters Adeyemi in a statement yesterday in Abuja lamented the deduction of National Housing Fund (NPF) from tertiary institutions’ workers’ salary in February.
He noted that IPPIS did not take into account the peculiarities of workers in tertiary institutions.
Adeyemi said some NASU members, who operate salary accounts with microfinance banks, were not paid February salary, while some were underpaid.
He noted that the allowances captured in the Polytechnic, Universities, and Colleges of Education 2009 agreement entered into with the Federal Government were not captured by the IPPIS.
Adeyemi said peculiarities that ought to have been integrated into IPPIS system included 65 years retirement age, sabbatical leave, earned allowances and peculiarity allowances, among other issues.
He added that more than 200 non-academic members, who had their salary accounts in microfinance banks in some institutions such as the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, were not paid their February salary at all.