Stalemate between SINU staff and vice-chancellor sent to trade disputes panel

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SINU Vice-Chancellor Dr Ganesh Chand, who is currently in Fiji, called the allegations against him absurd, malicious and defamatory.

The current standoff between the Solomon Islands National University Lecturers Association (LASINU) and the Solomon Islands National University General Staff Association (SINUGSA) against Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr. Ganesh Chand was referred to the Trade Disputes Panel (TDP).

As such, University staff have been advised to return to work today. An email was sent to all staff at SINU yesterday by Professional Vice Chancellor (PVC) and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Education and Humanities, Dr Jack Maebuta.

“I am writing to let you know that the current standoff between the two unions and the UNIS board has been referred to the Trade Disputes Committee for a preliminary hearing on July 13 at 10:00 am.

“Under Article 10 of the Trade Disputes Act, when a dispute is before the panel, the striking parties must resume their functions,” said Dr Maebuta.

“Therefore, in accordance with this, please advise your staff to resume classes tomorrow (today).”

Meanwhile, SINU Vice-Chancellor Dr Ganesh Chand, who is currently in Fiji, called the allegations against him absurd, malicious and defamatory.

In an interview with the Fiji Times, Mr. Chand said there was no truth to any of the allegations.

“None at all,” he said.

He said he has been fighting corruption at the university since taking office in March 2019.

“We have already started in this direction and made redundant staff involved in such practices.

“We will continue to transform SINU into a clean, transparent and credible university,” he said.

Mr Chand said he had not received any allegations against him. He said he would operate the university “in accordance with its laws and policies”.

Solomon Times News Desk with Fiji Times

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