CAMPAIGN for Democratic and Workers’ Rights, CDWR, has faulted the sack and intimidation of 20 union leaders Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, AAUA, Ondo State by the institution’s management and called for their immediate reinstatement.
Under the the Joint Action Committee, the 20 union leaders were allegedly sacked for embarking on 7-day action to press home demand for the payment of March 2008 to July 2009 arrears amongst other issues.
A statement by Mr. Chinedu Bosah, CDWR’s Publicity Secretary, said among those sacked are Mr. S.A. Giwa, Chairman of the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), Mr. Ohiwere, Chairman, Non-Academic Staff Union of University and Mr. A.S. Falade, Chairman Senior Staff Association of Nigeria University (SSANU).
According to the statement: “It is unfortunate that the Prof. Olufemi Mimiko-led AAUA management has to resort to using force to break the strike with the aim of continuing all manners of anti-workers practices. This brazen attack on the right of workers in AAUA reminds us of the terror that took place in University of Ilorin under Prof. Oba Abdulraheem who sacked 49 lecturers for joining ASUU strike.
CDWR knows as a fact that should the management of AAUA use the same vigour with which it muzzle the union to confront the infrastructural and academic problems as well as welfare of students and workers, AAUA would have been one of the best universities in Africa.”