By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), on Thursday directed workers in the state public service to immediately embark on an indefinite strike.
The NLC after the expiration of its ultimatum issued a memo to all its members and its affiliate unions directing them to go ahead with the strike with immediate effect.
In the memo signed by the state NLC, Secretary Comrade Mohamed Ibrahim, the union emphasized that the strike would be in force until further notice.
The union maintained in the three-paragraph statement titled “Commencement of Indefinite Strike” that the state government failed to meet its demands.
“It is highly unfortunate that the state government has decided to write us without finding concrete solutions to the deteriorating plight of workers of Oyo state.
Consequently, in line with the notice earlier served on the government, all workers should embark on an indefinite strike from midnight of Thursday, 23 May 2019 .The strike will remain in force until further directives are conveyed,” .
New Nigerian recalled that the NLC on Wednesday handed down a 24-hour notice to commence strike.
if the state government failed to meet their demands.
In a letter addressed to the out going governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi titled “Re -72 hours Ultimatum Thereof”, the Labour unions in the state vowed to embarked on the indefinite strike if the state government failed to meet with their demands.
Oyo Civil Servants in the letter jointly signed by the Oyo state Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Ibrahim Mohammed and the state’s Joint Negotiations Council, (JNC), Chairman, ,Comrade Lukman Balogun, listed their demands as” Payment of at least one month arrears of financial benefit of promotion to primary school teachers, Payment of at least one month to Local Governments who are in arrears, ( Lagelu, Surulere and Ibadan North West”. Payment of the remaining arrears of salary to JOHESU members”, “Immediate enhancement of security within the State.Hospital, Ring Road, Ibadan”.
The workers in the letter also asked the state government to” Direct the Governing Board of.LAUTECH Teaching Hospital to reinstate the sacked workers at the hospital and release letters of promotion up to 2016, as being enjoyed by other sectors in the state”.
According to the workers in the letter, if the state government failed to meet up with the demands. ” the leadership of all unions in the Public Service in Oyo state shall not be able to guarantee industrial peace and harmony in the state, effect from Friday, May, 24. 2019″.
” In the light of the above, if.all our demands are not met within 24hours, the leadership of all unions in the Public Service in Oyo state shall not be able to guarantee industrial peace and harmony in the state effect from Friday, 24 May, 2019″.