Strike: Ekiti workers defy resumption order, stay away from offices

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By; Oladele Adedayo, Ado-Ekiti.
Workers in the employ of Ekiti State Government Monday failed to resume work despite directive by the National Secretariat of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).
Investigations by New Nigerian showed that only a few workers reported for work as most offices remained under lock and keyed as at 10:00am.
However, the low turnout of the workers may not be unconnected with last Tuesday’s, ultimatum given to the state government by the leadership of the local chapter of the labour unions to pay workers salaries arrears and deductions.
Although, Ekiti state government is currently owing workers five months salary as well as December deductions payable to cooperatives.
It would be recalled that the Chairman, Ekiti NLC, Mr. Ade Adesanmi, his counterpart in TUC, Mr. Odunayo Adesoye as well as the Secretary, Joint Negotiation Committee, Mr. Oladele Blessing had last week jointly signed a statement asking the State Government to pay the outstanding to their members.
A visit to Ekiti State Secretariat on Monday revealed that many of the few workers that resumed for duties were seen in groups outside their offices discussing while others returned back home.
Some of the workers who spoke with our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said that though the national leaders of NLC had directed members to resume work on Monday but some heard the information late.
Another civil servant told New Nigerian that their colleagues who did not report for work said they were waiting further directive from the state chapter’s leadership before they could comply.
However, a visit by our Correspondent to the popular Bank Road, Ado-Ekiti, where many of the commercial banks are located showed that they opened for normal business to customers.
However, all federal establishments, including Radio Nigeria (Progress FM) Ado-Ekiti as well as NTA, Ado-Ekiti have resumed work.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the state chapter of NLC, Mr. Ade Adesanmi told New Nigerian that the leadership of labour in the state would meet tomorrow, Tuesday to review the development and brief workers accordingly.

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