JUST barely few days after the call-off of the industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Nigeria Universities (ASUU), which lasted for over three months, the Obafemi Awolowo University chapter of the union and other related unions have resumed fresh hostilities against the management of the institution, OSUN DEFENDER witnessed at the university campus on Monday.
The one-day industrial action, according to the medium’s investigation, is in continuation of the internal crises which had been rocking the institution since the last academic semester.
The medium’s investigation also revealed that the ASUU, NASU and SSANU of the institution which had called-off their strike actions, resumed fresh face-off with the institution’s management over alleged illegal deductions from the members’ salaries.
According to a source within the union, the face-off between the university workers and the management became imperative as the management had bluntly refused to refund the illegal pension fund deducted from their salaries, which had allegedly accrued to the tune of over N1billion, which the university had illegally tagged “Internally Generated Revenue”.
The source then wondered how the management could defraud its workers of their hard-earned salaries, adding that in view of this development, until the matter is resolved, the management will know no peace.
The source also highlighted that apart from the pension fund deducted directly from their salaries from the federal allocation to the institution, the management still made other deductions.
It was also revealed to the medium that the university had tried to stop the illegal deductions, but for the fear of refunding the past illegally-deducted fund, it had to continue with the illegality.
So, the strike action, according to the workers, is to press home the demand of the workers.
Meanwhile, students were expected to have resumed for academic work in the institution, but investigation revealed that up till the time of filing this report, serious academic work had not commenced.
In a related development, the institution had conducted Post-UME examination for its prospective candidates.
It was gathered that more than 40,000 candidates sat for the examination at different centres within Ile-Ife, Modakeke and Ipetumodu respectively last Saturday.
By SOLA JACOBS