WORKERS SHUT DOWN EKSU TO PROTEST MASS RETRENCHMENT.

By Roundoffnews.

Academic and non academic activities of the Ekiti State University Ado Ekiti were today disrupted by aggrieved workers over mass retrenchment of staff of the institution.

EKSU management had recently announced the sack of about one thousand staff for various offences.

The workers who were led by leaders of the various in house unions chanted solidarity songs and forcefully chased out other workers from their duty posts.

In addition the workers besieged the administrative building where they equally send staff including management members packing thus shutting down the whole university community.

Report says the workers have vowed to continue the protest on Tuesday until the management rescind its decision on the sack of the workers.

Addressing the protesters the NLC chairman in Ekiti State who is also the SSANU chairman of the institution Kolapo Olatunde said the struggle would be a fight to finish between Labour and the management.

He said the action of the management was uncivilized and inhuman .

Also speaking other Labour leaders explained that the sack of 1000 staff was an act of wickedness adding that the various basis for the retrenchment were flimsy.

They called on government to reverse the decision to guarantee industrial harmony.

Meanwhile the leadership of three of the staff unions of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti comprising Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Unions of Educational and Allied Institutions (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) under the auspices of JAC 3 have been advised to maintain decorum while making agitations.

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Edward Olanipekun gave the advice while reacting to the action of the unions to drive staff out of their offices after their joint Congress meeting held earlier on Monday

According to the Vice Chancellor, management would not watch and allow the unions to take laws into their hands by preventing those with legitimate businesses on campus to transact their businesses.

“There are laid down procedures to be followed under the labour law in particular if staff unions want to withdraw their services which have not been followed in this case by JAC 3.

Professor Olanipekun also frowned at the situation where law-abiding staff were being driven out of their offices and described the attitude as unethical.

He, therefore, appealed to staff and students to go about their normal duties, while warning that the leadership of JAC 3 would be held responsible in the event of any breakdown of law and order in the University community.