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SSANU's Strike Paralyses Activities at LASU

The strike by the Senior Staff Association of Universities (SSANU) Lagos State University (LASU) Ojo Chapter, on Tuesday paralysed activities at the institution.

Mr Saheed Oseni, Chairman, SSANU, LASU Chapter, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that its members had fully complied with the strike directive by staying off duty.

NAN reports that the union had declared a total and indefinite strike, effective May 26, after the expiration of a 7-day ultimatum issued the institution’s management on May 16.

The union had earlier gone on strike in September 2013 and suspended it on Jan.13, after the government pledged to meet its demands.

It resumed its strike following the failure of the government to keep its promise.

SSANU had demanded the implementation of the 2011/2012 staff promotion, which it said was pending due to the “No Vacancy, No Promotion” policy of the management.

It also demanded the implementation of the 65-year retirement age for its members; and the reversal of the hike in school fees.

Oseni said the union would continue the strike until all its demands were met.

He said the union’s monitoring team led by the chairman, had gone round the university’s offices to ensure that none of its members was working.

“All our members complied fully with the strike because it was a unanimous decision and none of them was found working in any of the offices,” he said.

Oseni urged the management not to coax any of its members to work, as the union would do everything possible to resist it.

“Management must recognise that we are on strike, and should not force any of our members to work, because it prohibits the law guiding the union,” he said.

The unionist charged members not to be intimidated or coerced to work, as any member found working would be sanctioned accordingly.

Meanwhile, Mr Kayode Sutton, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, told NAN that a management meeting was ongoing, to resolve the lingering issues.

NAN reports that the Academic Staff Union of Universities chapter in the university is also on strike, an action they started on May 20. (NAN)

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