By Chidinma Ewunonu-Aluko, Ibadan
The Joint Unions of Research Institutes made up of the Non-Academic Staff Union and Academic Staff Union in research institutes say they will sustain their indefinite strike.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the unions, which also include Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Allied Institutions, had been on strike in the last three weeks.
A NAN correspondent, who visited the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER), Institute of Agricultural Research & Training (IAR&T) and Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN) all in Ibadan on Tuesday met the gates locked.
NAN reports that vehicles were also not allowed in as offices remained under lock and key.
The NASU Chairman in NISER, Mr Wole Famoriyo, told NAN that the unions would continue the strike until their demands, which include adequate funding of research institutes, were met.
“The unresolved issues are payment of 12 months arrears of 53.37 per cent salary increase, withdrawal of circular on non-skipping of grade level and retirement age of 65 years for non-research staff.
“It also includes establishment of national research institute commission and release of conditions of service.
“ We have been negotiating with the government since 2011 all to no avail,’’ he said.