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The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions ( NASU ) of the Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS), Ilorin, Kwara state said it has commenced indefinite industrial action.

The union hinged its decision to embark on the strike on the insensitivity of the institute’s director general and other management staff.

Reasons for the strike are issues bordering on withholding of 2017 and 2018 promotion, staff capacity building, staff cadre conversion, lack of tools and equipment to work with, staff welfare among others.

In a statement branch chairperson and secretary, R.O Adebayo and Joel Afolayan said: “It is pertinent to note that all the issues in dispute have been on for almost two (2) years which have defied all internal dispute resolution mechanisms.

“These issues were further reported to the union’s headquarters and subsequently dominated the discussion at the last research and projects trade group council meeting of the union held on November 21, 2018 in the Institute where the Director-General and some members of its management were present.

“At the referred council meeting, a verbal twenty-one (21) day ultimatum was issued by the union’ headquarters to the DG to resolve all the lingering issues which at its expiration on December 13, 2018, another twenty-one (21) days ultimatum was issued in a letter dated 10th Dec., 2018 with reference number NASU/R/199/VOL.IV/170 effective from December 17, 2018 which eventually lapses midnight of yesterday 6th January, 2019.

“The development above dovetailed into the imperativeness of the branch’s resolve to carry out the headquarters’ directive so as to salvage the welfare of our members and the future of the Institute.

“Finally, in a strong term, the union (NASU, MINILS) should not be held responsible for the latent and manifest consequences of this action because we have done all within the extant rules to prevent it.

However, the Director General and the management staff of the institute should be held responsible for it.”

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