Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Oyo Rejects Workers’ 24 Hour Ultimatum
By Tayo Johnson, Ibadanon
The Nation, Nigeria
April 07, 2016

THE Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Oyo State has issued a 24-hour ultimatum to the government, vowing to go on strike, if it is not allowed to meet Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

The Chairman, Waheed Olojede, who spoke in Ibadan yesterday, said Labour would converge for an executive council meeting today.

He said:”You will recall that on March 29, Labour unions, comprising NLC, Trade Union Congress (TUC) and negotiating council held a meeting where we expressed our displeasure about government’s insensitivity to workers.

“Before then, we have sent three letters to the government, but only one was replied where the government did not show concern and that was why we issued a seven-day ultimatum.

“The government responded to the ultimatum by inviting us for a meeting on March 31, where we presented our position. The governor did not attend.

“At our last meeting on Monday, the decision taken was that the money in the government coffers should be used to pay November salary.

But we realise that what will become of January, February, March and April salary?

Reacting to the governor’s threat, Olojede said: “We are surprised that the governor can say no-work-no-pay if we go on strike. This is a moral question for a governor who owes us five months salary.”

The union leader noted that the government has the opportunity to meet them today after which labour leaders will pass their resolution to members.

“We demand for a meeting with the governor where we shall deliberate and brainstorm on the way out of this logjam.

Reacting on behalf of the government, former Secretary to the State Government Olalekan Alli described the ultimatum as shocking, uncalled for and improper.

He said they ought to have a meeting yesterday to sign a communique before meeting the governor, but the union leaders failed to show up on the excuse that they have a unit meeting of union executives.

“This is a government that has once ensured prompt payment of salaries and for three years Ajimobi paid workers 13th month salary, increased pension, provided free bus, and ensured massive training of workers.

“The governor has mad a pronouncement that anybody who embarks on illegality will be punished.

“There is a labour law that backs no-work-no-pay and this will be implemented if theygo on strike.”

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