Plans to satisfy non-teaching employees unions
We don’t want assembly for govt to pay full wage, launch pay slip ― JAC
Issues 14-Day strike discover
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
THE Federal Government, weekend, stated that it was in contact with Bursars of Universities to compile all the issues related to the fee of salaries by way of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, platform in order that they might be addressed.
The authorities additionally stated that it has obtained the strike discover from the non-teaching employees unions within the universities and was making efforts to satisfy with the management of the unions.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, who disclosed this in Abuja, stated that his workplace was planning to use for a particular go from the Presidential Task Force, PTF on COVID-19 for a bodily assembly with the unions to thrash out all of the contentious points.
But the Joint Action Committee, JAC, comprised of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and Associated Institutions, NASU, has stated that the federal government doesn’t have to name for a gathering earlier than it pays members their full salaries and launch their pay slips.
The Comrade Samson Ugwoke-led JAC has additionally issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to right all the issues related to the fee of wage by way of the IPPIS platform and launch their earned allowances earlier than the easing of the lockdown, if not members is not going to resume obligation when colleges resume.
Fielding questions on the discover of strike issued by the non-teaching employees within the universities and the allegation of fee of half salaries to members of the unions by the IPPIS workplace, Ngige stated that efforts have been on high gear to right all the issues.
According to him, “We are on high of the scenario, now we have obtained their letter. Their letter borders on shortcomings of the IPPIS system and I’ve spoken with the Finance Minister and the Accountant General of the Federation they usually stated that they’re in contact with the University Bursars to right sure peculiarities and ship again to them to deal with.
“However, it’s essential to level out that one of many shortcomings which the colleges’ staff identified is that the IPPIS is overtaxing them and that IPPIS skipped a few of their individuals who have taken go away of absence and the remainder of all of them.
“These are issues that may be simply adjusted, the IPPIS workplace knowledgeable me that instantly the lockdowns are down, these Bursars are to return up, however earlier than then that they need to by e-system attempt to give them extra info on a few of these shortcomings and that they’ll attempt as a lot as attainable to right them.
“We have equally gone out to the unions and requested them that we need to meet with them and the IPPIS, so we are attempting to see if we are able to prepare a particular go for them in order that their leaders may come up right here and now we have the assembly.
“The zoom meeting will not be able to correct some of those things that is what we have discovered, we decided that we have to do a physical meeting and we will do that as soon as possible, my office is working with IPPIS office to arrange that meeting.”
Speaking on the deliberate assembly, Chairman of JAC and President of SSANU, Comrade Samson Ugwoke stated that non-teaching employees members within the Universities have been passing by way of hardship since they enrolled into the IPPIS platform, including that previously 4 months members haven’t obtained full salaries, whereas deductions made for the servicing of financial institution loans which members took haven’t been remitted to the banks and Cooperative Society.
He stated: “Since the inception of the IPPIS opposite to what the platform is meant to be, what we have been informed and what we believed earlier than we accepted the platform, SSANU members and the non-teaching employees within the universities haven’t obtained full salaries.
“From January 2020, until date, now we have not obtained full salaries and since that point until now, no payslip has been launched by IPPIS to the colleges. So, all that our members have obtained as internet pay is what IPPIS desires to provide us. It’s as worse as that as a result of if in case you have your payslip, you’ll now know what are the deductions constituted of your wage.
“Up until now, the opposite deductions which are meant for our members and their welfare are being withheld by the IPPIS and the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation. They deducted tax and paid to the federal authorities, they deducted welfare cash, they deducted cooperative society funds, the deducted… loans and withheld it since that point, the implication is that salaries haven’t been paid in full because the inception of the IPPIS.
“Worse nonetheless is that a few of our members are indebted to Cooperative Society, some who took loans are indebted to Welfare funds, from the banks and by an settlement reached with these organisations, the repayments are made month-to-month.
“The IPPIS workplace deducted these monies and refuses to transmit to the organizations, the banks, the Welfare scheme and the Cooperative Society thereby making our members be defaulting within the agreements they signed with these organisations or the banks and accumulating curiosity and compounding the issue on our members.
“Our individuals have witnessed untold hardship because the graduation of the IPPIS. But do not forget that the cash deducted which is able to name third celebration deductions are a part of salaries. By the Labour Act, no organisation or employer ought to deduct check-off dues and withhold for over two weeks, it’s opposite to the Labour Act.
“The actual thing is that when it is deducted, it’s then remitted to the office of that union. But for four months now, the Accountant General Office via the Office of IPPIS has deducted money and withheld the money without remitting to the unions, the Cooperative Society, to the welfare scheme or to the banks that people borrowed money from.”
Ugwoke additional stated: “Again, because of the 2009 Agreement, we gained Earned Allowances being paid to our members, since 2009 to January 2020, these allowances have been paid by the varied universities to our members. But IPPIS, because it’s inception, has eliminated these allowances that are merchandise of the discount between the colleges and the Federal Government and was signed.
“The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation and the Office of the Salaries, Income and Wages Commission have been duly represented on the federal government staff that negotiated the allowances with labour. Now IPPIS is saying that it wants a round from the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission earlier than it may implement the Earned Allowances.
“That Agreement was negotiated and it handed by way of the National Assembly. It was signed by the President and Commander-in-Chief, Dr Goodluck Jonathan. It allowed our members to remain for 65 years as a substitute of 60 and Professors to remain 70 years earlier than retirement as a substitute of 65.
“An issue brewing is that IPPIS is saying that the salaries of our docs and well being staff who’ve reached 60 years can be stopped. It seems that the person in IPPIS appears to be power-drunk or appears to not be effectively knowledgeable or guided as a result of the retirement age matter is an act of the National Assembly and it isn’t joined with wage. The National Assembly handed this legislation that each one non-teaching employees of the colleges ought to retire at 65.
“On the half fee of our wage, SSANU as a union has written to the Minister of Labour and Employment informing him concerning the scenario. JAC has additionally written citing all these issues together with the non-payments of advantages, pension to our members who retired over one yr now.
“We have written to the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, we’re but to get a reply although they’re speaking about calling us for a gathering however we insist you don’t have to name a gathering to pay us full wage or launch payslips. We have made it clear to the Honourable Minister that they need to do the needful.
“We have additionally made it very clear that if all this stuff will not be addressed, any time the colleges are going to reopen after the lockdown, we’re going to embark on complete strike. We have written to inform them that we are going to begin a 14-day warning strike within the first occasion and thereafter it will likely be complete and indefinite.
“A really main and severe problem is the arrears of Earned Allowances being owed non-teaching employees within the Universities, SSANU and NASU exactly. Remember by 2017 we entered right into a Memorandum of Understanding, because of our over one to 2 months strike, negotiated within the workplace of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige
“We negotiated for 2, three days and at last signed an MoU that the remaining Earned Allowance can be paid for. Now, by 2019 we went on a five-day warning strike and authorities referred to as and agreed they have been going to pay us our Earned Allowances. By final yr, we have been informed that we are going to be paid by September.
“The Permanent Secretary was very optimistic and that the Accountant General Office was about releasing the cash, later we have been informed to attend for the appointment of Ministers. After the appointment of Ministers, nothing has been heard about that cash.
“Government has been adamant and complacent about releasing the check-off dues that is due to us which the government has calculated and agreed that it should be released to us but up till now it has not been released. Our members have agreed that unless the money for Earned Allowances is released, nobody will go to the office. That is the position of SSANU and non-teaching staff unions.”