NLC declares strike in Oyo over unpaid salaries


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quotes the state chairman of the NLC, Waheed Olojede, as confirming the development saying the workers were also protesting some other conditions. According to the report, Olojede said that the state Public Service Joint Negotiating Council (PSJNC), comprising the NLC and Trade Union Congress, had been meeting with the state government over the issues for the past three weeks.

Olojede added that one of the issues of disagreement was the `technical’ withdrawal of workers’ promotion earlier approved by the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, which the beneficiaries enjoyed for a few months. “The promotion was approved by the governor in February 2018, implementation commenced in March 2018, and a good number of workers started enjoying it. “To our surprise, by September 2018, the promotion was technically withdrawn by the Oyo state government, and this led to setting up of a committee to meet the government to explain the reason. “Other issues are outstanding salaries of workers in local governments and primary schools.

They are yet to collect their December 2018 salaries which others have collected. “In some local governments, workers are owed salaries of three to five months; this is why we said the government must do the necessary things to ensure that workers are paid as of when due,” Olojede said adding that it was necessary for the government to address all the issues.

He said a meeting between the committee and the government on Tuesday, January 15, was inconclusive adding: “This led to the declaration of the three-day warning strike. We had earlier notified the government of warning strike.”

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