University of Benin chapter of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities has threatened to embark on indefinite strike immediately schools across the country reopen.
SSANU said it would be taking the action to protest their members’ unpaid allowances.
The union noted that they had yet to be paid their allowances four months after they enrolled into the compulsory Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System introduced by the Federal Government.
SSANU in a joint statement by the Chairman and Secretary, Broderick Osewa and Enoma Aigbovoriuwa, respectively, kicked against the removal of hazard allowance, responsibility allowance, call duty allowance, shift duty allowance among others, formerly enjoyed by members of the association.
The union noted that the allowances were part of agreement the Federal Government voluntarily entered into with SSANU in 2009.
The SSANU statement read, “The development as shown by the federal Government through IPPIS has again lent credence to the fact that the federal Government cannot be trusted.
“Since the union’s enrollment into IPPIS, the path has been littered with betrayals, resistance, half truth, and now outright sabotage. No University worker knows his or her true salary or take home pay at the moment.
“IPPIS has brought increased tax regime, delayed salary payments, introduction of Housing Fund Scheme which ought to be optional, non remittance of union dues deducted by IPPIS since February 2020 till date.”
SSANU, however, appealed to the Federal Government to direct IPPIS and the Accountant-General of the Federation to address irregularities and anomalies to forestall the planned indefinite strike.