Why we suspended the strike – NAAT

The National Association of Academic Technologists said Thursday it has suspended its 158-day-old strike for three months “to give the government time to finalize negotiations and implement NAAT’s demands”.

The PUNCH reports that NAAT, like other tertiary-based unions, had gone on strike to push through its persistent demands.

But the union’s chairman, Ibeji Nwokoma, said during his speech to the press in Abuja that the suspension of the strike would last for three months.

“It is important to state that after the expiry of the three-month window period, NAAT will not hesitate to resume the suspended strike action without notice if all issues agreed on behalf of the government with the Minister of Education are not holistic. addressed.

“The National Executive Council has unanimously decided in the interest of the nation to suspend the ongoing strike action for three months to allow the government to address all issues, effective from midnight Friday, August 26, 2022.”

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He said NAAT rejected the government’s stance on “No Work No Pay” and demanded that their withheld salaries be paid without delay, noting that his union followed all established rules before going on strike.

He said: “It should be noted that NAAT complied with all established procedures before starting the union action. That is why NAAT demands in strong terms the immediate payment of our withheld salaries.”

However, NAAT pleaded with the Education Minister “to implore the government on fervent grounds to pay the August 2022 salaries to NAAT members once the strike is suspended.”

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