FG, ASUU IPPIS Meeting, UTAS End In Deadlock
The federal government and the Academic University Workers Union (ASUU) were unable to reach an agreement on Thursday as efforts to end union action stalled.
Although some agreements were reached during the meeting, a re-convening of the meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 21, 2020, by 15:00 after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, at which ASUU is to communicate the decision to its NEC. In an effort to end the strike, the federal government agreed to set aside $ 30 billion in arrears in academic grants received by university professors.
A statement released at the end of the meeting said the $ 20 billion allocation to rebuild public universities would be paid by the end of January 2021. On the issue of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA), which has since accumulated until November 2019, the Chief Accountant of the Federation (AGF) pledged to issue NOK 30 billion by November 6, 2020.
He said the remaining $ 10 billion will be evenly distributed between the two tranches, which will be disbursed in May 2021 and February 2022, respectively.
The statement also says ASUU has agreed to review the proposal to its members and cancel it by Wednesday, October 21, 2020. The issue of the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) was almost blocked because the federal government asked IPPIS to continue working until the UTAS test was completed. But ASUU insisted on paying unpaid salaries on the old GIFMIS platform before UTAS was fully implemented.