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TUC issues five-day ultimatum to Oyo on salaries


Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State

The Oyo council of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has issued a five-day ultimatum to the state government to pay all outstanding salaries arrears owed workers in the state.

Addressing reporters in Ibadan yesterday, TUC Chairman, Emelieze Andrew and Public Relations Officer, Ilesanmi Lawrence, threatened to disturb government activities by next Monday if it fails to meet its obligations to workers.

While urging the people of the state to prepare for mass action to occupy the state secretariat next Monday if the government refuse to meet workers’ demands, the union urged governor Abiola Ajimobi to resign if he cannot salaries.

“The governor should resign if he cannot pay workers salaries. The people should start preparing for a mass action to occupy the state secretariat on Monday August 8, 2016 should the government fail to meet our demands,’’ it said.

The TUC berated the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state for its ‘unholy alliance and agreement’ describing the action as unacceptable.

“You will recall that the Oyo State government and the NLC entered into an unholy alliance by signing an agreement that is inimical to industrial harmony in the state.

The agreement is illegal, illegitimate and unacceptable to the TUC. The agreement is baseless and callous. We reject it in all its forms and entity. It is a product only good for the dustbin. “

The TUC also condemned the recent pronouncement by the state government to restructure the public service aimed at sacking workers in the state.

Workers had last Monday suspended their seven weeks’ strike after the government agreed to pay two months out of the six months salary arrears owed them.

Both the government and labour had subsequently signed an agreement to this effect.
But Ajimobi while addressing reporters last Thursday said government may be forced to restructure the civil service to enable it to pay workers.

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