The National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, begins a two-week warning strike with effect from today Monday 21, 2022.
To this end, NAAT has directed its members to shut down all laboratories, workshops, studios and farms over alleged failure of the Federal Government to implement the 2009 agreement.
In a statement signed by its President Comrade Ibeji Nwokoma, NAAT directed its members in all the branches to commence the two weeks warning strike which it said will end on 5th of April.
The association explained that the decision to embark on a two-week warning strike was taken after a virtual National Executive Council, NEC, meeting in Abuja where it said about 97.8 per cent of its branches voted in favour of a strike.
It accused the government of failing to honour the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with its members despite series of letters written to the government with no response.
According to the statement, “It would be recalled that NAAT at its 53rd National Executive Committee meeting held on 23rd and 24th of February, 2022 indicated that NAAT may be compelled to embark on an industrial action if government fails to honour the agreement of 2009 with members of NAAT taking into consideration several Memoranda of Understanding(MoU) in addition to the series of letters written to the Federal Government without any response
” In view of this, NAAT held her virtual NEC meeting on Thursday 17th March 2022 where the results of the referendum from each branch were received and collated accordingly. The result reflected that 97.8% are in favour of strike and 2.2% against.”
The association in a letter addressed to its branches and signed by its General Secretary, Abubakar Yusuf, said: “Arising from the resolution of the emergency virtual National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held today Thursday, 17 March, 2022, and based on the results of referendum where Forty-seven (47) Branches participated. Forty-six (46) Branches voted in support while One (1) Branch voted against NAAT embarking on a two (2) week warning strike.
“These figures represent 97,8% and 2.2% respectively. After the meeting, five (5) Branches forwarded their results through other electronic means due to their inability to join the virtual NEC meeting as a result of technical hitches. However, the result shows that four (4) Branches voted in favour of a strike while One (1) voted against it.
“In view of the above, NEC in-session resolved and direct that all members of NAAT to proceed on a two (2) week warning strike effective from midnight of Monday, 21st March, 2012 de to the failure of Federal Government (FG) to address NAAT grievances as contained in her letter earlier sent to FG on 14 days ultimatum dated 25th February, 2022.
“During this period, all Laboratories, Workshops, Studios and Research Centres shall remain closed, while farm and fieldwork activities shall be suspended.
“In the meantime, Branches are also directed to hold Congresses on Monday, 21st March, 2022 in the morning to declare the commencement of the warning strike in their respective Branches.
“Furthermore, Branches are directed to constitute monitoring teams to ensure compliance and enforcement of the warning strike.”