By Ebele Onuorah
Democratic Socialist Movement, DSM, Osun State Chapter, has condemned the suspension of the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, branch of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, by the national leadership of the union, describing it as undemocratic and anti- worker.
The group noted that the suspension was ill motivated and came at a time the union’s branch was engaging the Prof. Tale Omole- led management on welfare issues of its members vis-à-vis immediate implementation of the parity policy of government and end to double deduction of pension contribution by the management.
In a statement by its state Secretary, Mr. Kola Ibrahim, the group called on the national leadership of SSANU to reverse the anti-union action and restore the branch and its leadership while demanding that it supports the demands of its OAU branch.
It said: “The suspension was premised on a ridiculous excuse that the branch was organising congresses during working hours, which to the national leadership is tantamount to a strike, and a violation of its ‘No-Strike’ order to the branch.
“Indeed, the manner in which the national leadership took the decision clearly showed that it was carrying out a hatchet man’s job for the university authorities. By these actions, SSANU leadership is exposing workers to direct attack from the authorities.
“Nothing emphasises this than the appeal of SSANU leadership to OAU authorities and its security unit, to ensure implementation of the suspension order.”