The National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) in Universities and Colleges of Education has suspended it over 68-day strike for the leadership of the Union to engage the Federal government further in fulfilling it promises.
The suspension of the strike takes effect from Friday, August 26, 2022, Ibeji Nwokoma, President of the Union announced in Abuja on Thursday at the end of a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.
Nwokoma said the NEC agreed that if NAAT members must return to work, the federal government must pay the back log of it salaries for the period of the strike action.
He added that the Union rejected the ‘No work no pay’ policy of the federal government, stressing that it fully complied with the laid down guidelines before it embarked on the industrial action.
At the NEC meeting, 58 branches of NAAT of Federal ,State Universities and Colleges of Education voted for the suspension of the strike while 14 others voted for continuation of the industrial action.
The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Union, said it suspended the strike for three months while it observed and monitors the Union’s engagement with the government on pending issues.
With NAAT joining NASU and SSANU to call off their strike in the public universities, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is insisting on pressing on with the prolonged industrial action, saying it is unimpressed by the offers made to it by government.
NAAT thereby asked students on research to return to laboratories, studios and farms, saying the facilities will be re-open from Friday 26th August,2022.
NAAT began strike on March 21, 2022 to push for the implementation of 2009 FGN/Union’s agreement.
By these all University based union’s have suspended their strike except the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU).