Striking Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), Lagos State University (LASU) branch, has vowed to resist any move by the management to break the ongoing three-month-old strike.
The union, during a congress on Wednesday, in response to LASU management’s circular giving its members till yesterday to indicate in writing, their intension to resume work, resolved to continue the industrial action until their demands were met.
Recall that LASU members of SSANU embarked on strike September 30, 2013 because the governing council and management refused to promote members that were qualified despite meeting the conditions laid down by the council.
At the emergency congress to discuss the management’s circular, SSANU members condemned the plan to break its ranks as well as the intimidation and threat to union leaders over the ongoing strike.
Addressing newsmen after the congress, SSANU local chairman, Mr. Oseni Saheed observed that rather than look for how to resolve the crisis, the management was busy with plans to break the ranks of its members
His words: “Rather than look for ways to end the strike, our management is using all means to coerce our members to work. The management has resorted to intimidation, threat and even blackmail of union leaders to government.
According to him, LASU management was not sincere about its claim of not being aware that SSANU members had been on strike since September 30, describing the action as double standard.
He reminded the university management that other sister unions went on prolonged strike and such circular was not released, wondering why they were applying double standard against SSANU members.
“We have resolved at the congress that our members should ignore the circular. It was agreed that our members should not write any letter indicating interest to resume work. When a sister union went on six-month strike, did the management bring out such circular? Why now,” he queried.
Saheed described the circular as an act of intimidation and a bad omen, stressing that if the action was allowed to go unchallenged, it would create problem in future.
The SSANU boss said the congress resolved to resist any action to split its ranks and break the three-month-old strike, noting that members agreed to continue with the struggle.