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Friday, 8 January 2016

2,000 Sacked Varsity Workers to be Recalled

The Federal Government is considering reversing the directive to sack workers of universities’ staff schools.
Also, the over 2,000 workers allegedly affected by the circular to vice chancellors to remove their names from the government pay roll may soon be recalled.

The National Salaries and Wages Commission directed universities to sack the workers, saying the government would no longer bear the cost of running staff schools.
The situation had pitched the government and members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities.
The union embarked on an indefinite strike on December 24, arguing that the directive was a contravention of the 2009 agreement between the government and the union.
Nation gathered that the government was considering  recalling the sacked workers and reversing the directive as a solution to ending the two weeks’ strike by the union.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu was said to have invited the union leaders to a meeting on Sunday in Abuja to deliberate on how to end the strike.
Sources privy to the meeting said the minister was determined to ensure that the strike is called off.
The source said the union  insisted that the termination letters issued to its members should be withdrawn before it could call off the strike.
The minister promised to consult with stakeholders, including the Budget Office and the National Universities Commission (NUC) before responding.

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