SSANU-LASU Branch Gives University 7-Day Ultimatum Or Face Industrial Action

Filed in LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY by on May 20, 2014 0 Comments

Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) Lagos State University (LASU) branch has given the management of the institution a seven-day ultimatum to meet their demands or its members would resume the suspended strike next week.

The seven-day ultimatum was issued after a SSANU LASU congress, which met to appraise the situation and resolved to resume the suspended industrial action because none of the issues in contention had been addressed.

Recall that SSANU LASU embarked on a three-month strike last year, which was suspended in January 2014 after the Lagos State Government intervened and set up a committee to look into the demands of the association.

The Chairman of SSANU LASU, Mr Oseni Saheed told newsmen after the congress that none of the three major demands of the association had been met by either the state government or the university management.

Members of SSANU LASU at the congress, he revealed, overwhelmingly agreed that a seven-day notice be served on the university management failing, which an indefinite strike would start immediately.

Saheed listed the demands to include promotion of members, who met the laid down conditions, reduction of high tuition fee and implementation of retirement age to 65 years for non academic staff based on the signed agreement with the Federal Government.

His words: “The state government and the university management are not sincere about our members’ demands. Based on the resolution arising from a meeting in September 2013 with government committee, which was documented we suspended our three-month-old strike. Till date, we have not heard from government.

The management also held a meeting with our national officers and they promised to take the list of qualified members for promotion to the Governing Council. The council has met twice and nothing was done.

“We suspended the three-month strike in January 13, 2014, since then, nothing has been achieved. We have no option than to resume the suspended strike. By next week, if nothing is done, we will resume the strike.

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