Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma Chapter of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Tuesday announced the suspension of its 66 days old strike.
The Union had embarked on industrial action over unpaid salaries and check-off dues as well as other sundry deductions from salaries in the institution.
A statement signed by Dr. Monday Igbafen and Dr. Anthony Coker-Aizebioje, Chairperson and Secretary respectively and made available to journalists in Benin City on Tuesday said the suspension of the strike was as a result of a Memorandum of Action (MoA), between the University administration and the Union after several engagements.
The MoA details state that the government will meet its obligation of paying the first tranche of the outstanding emoluments to the staff of the University within the week.
The first tranche constitutes a minimum of two months full (gross) salaries (January and February, 2021) as well as two months of outstanding check-off dues and other sundry deductions (April and May, 2020).
The statement further reads: “That the first tranche be paid in the first week of June, 2021. The remaining emolument (salaries, check-off dues and other sundry deductions) shall be paid on or before the 30th of June 2021.No member of the Union will be victimized because of the strike action.If the above condition is breached within the specified period, the strike action shall resume without notice.”
The Union, however, advised against the breach of the said MoA in the interest of sustained industrial peace in the institution, while appreciating the resilience of members, the patience of students and parents during the period of the suspended strike action.