The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ambrose Alli University (AAU) chapter, Ekpoma, has said the union remained unshakeable despite the desperation of the institution to break its ranks with a view to truncating its industrial action.
The decision of the AAU-ASUU to continue with the strike was contained in a statement by its chairman and secretary, Dr. Monday Igbafen and Dr. Anthony Aizebioje-Coker, after a meeting of the union executive in Benin, yesterday.
The union insisted that only the national leadership of ASUU can suspend the strike meant to reposition and revamp public universities in the country, including AAU, Ekpoma.
“Our members are holding on because they believe in their union and perceive all the actions so far taken by the university administration to force them back to work as cheap blackmail and outdated antics,” the union stated.
The union, however, accused the university of promoting insecurity through sponsorship of thuggery among members of the union to intimidate the union as demonstrated in the disruption of the branch’s congress meeting of January 28, in a bid to enthrone tyranny and dictatorship in the administration of the university.
ASUU-AAU insisted that the ongoing strike is in the interest of AAU, having been a great beneficiary of ASUU struggle.