Academic and non-academic workers of the Solomon Islands National University have this morning withdrawn their services from the university for an indefinite period.
“Yes I can confirm that we are now going on strike,” a spokesperson for the unions confirms to SBMOnline.
SBMOnline had also been to the university this morning and we can confirm that workers of the university have gone on strike in protest against the SINU Council for failing to act on allegations they had put forward against the Vice Chancellor Dr. Ganesh Chand.
There were six allegations against the VC amongst them were claims of abuse of recruitment and conflict of interest. In one case, the SINU associations claimed according to their investigation the appointment of the post of executive officer at the VC’s Office was appointed without going through the due process of recruitment. The employee is an expat from Fiji.
This morning the members of the two associations, Lecturers Association of Solomon Islands National University (LASINU) and the Solomon Islands National University General Staff Association (SINUGSA) had met and solidified their positions and reiterate their solidarity to carry on with the strike.
SBMOnline understands that the chairman of SINU Dr Culwick Togamana has requested to meet with the SINU associations today.
At their meeting this morning, the two associations had agreed on their position to present to the chairman when they meet.