Ogun workers call off strike as talks on new wage begin tomorrow
The organised labour in Ogun State has called off its proposed warning strike scheduled for today and tomorrow.
The decision was arrived at after a meeting between government and representatives of labour unions yesterday.
Both parties resolved to commence formal negotiations on the new minimum wage consequential adjustment of salaries.
Commending government on its decision to start negotiation on the new wage tomorrow, chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Mr. Olubunmi Fajobi, said it was a step in the right direction.
According to him, the meeting was all-encompassing aimed at addressing all outstanding issues in the service, with emphasis on the constitution of the negotiating committee.
Fajobi called on civil servants in the state to return to their respective duty posts, as the proposed warning strike would no longer hold.
His words, “Since negotiation is starting on Friday, it was natural for the organised labour to call of the strike in the spirit of collective bargaining.
“Our colleagues in the public service should go about their normal duties. Each and everyone of them should just ensure they return to their desk, continue their duties and be assured that the organised labour is up and doing to address all issues in the service, particularly the new minimum wage.”
Responding, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Tokunbo Talabi, said that the Dapo Abiodun-led government was poised to prioritise the welfare of workers.
He called on labour to nominate a team to ensure the commencement of negotiations tomorrow.
Promising that welfare matters and others issues between the state government and organised labour would be looked into, he added that the government would continue to show commitment to the welfare of workers.
Talabi, while tasking the workers to come up with the names of members of those that would make up the negotiating committee, charged prospective members to have maturity of mind and be flexible.
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