Posted by News Express | 31 July 2020 | 514 times
By POPOOLA YAQOUB, Ado-Ekiti
The organised Labour Unions in Ekiti State have directed all workers to stay off duties with effect from Monday,August 3,2020.
The directive was contained in a statement jointly signed by the Chairmen of NLC, Com. Kolapo Olatunde, TUC, Com. Sola Adigun and JNC, Com Kayode Fatomiluyi and made available to journalists in Ado-Ekiti on Friday.
The planned industrial action,according to the Union leaders was to press home their demands from the present administration in the state.
“Fellow workers the State Government is yet to attend to any of our requests such as:Financial Promotion for the years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 yet to be implemented.”
“No Commitment to all outstanding deductions such as cooperative money, loan repayment to banks, housing fund, and so on”, the statement said.
The demands also include: “Leave Bonuses for five years, in fact, pensioners are suffering . Hazard Allowance for COVID-19 to Health Workers, many Months of salary arrears and deductions yet to be paid; Workers are suffering. Minimum Wage and consequential adjustment now become abandoned project and mirage.
“Flowing from the above, the strike action will commence from 12:00am on Monday, 3rd August, 2020, except government attends to our demands.”
“No worker should go to work or listen to any directive from any quarters, except from the leadership of the organized labour in Ekiti State”.
The strike, according to the Nigerian Labour Congress(NLC), Trade Union Congress(TUC) and Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) was to pressure Governor Kayode Fayemi to pay outstanding salaries, allowances and pension arrears of their members.
The State government and organised labour have been embroiled in a cold war over unpaid seven months salary arrears of local government workers and primary school teachers, as well as pensioners, three month arrears for secondary school teachers and civil servants and outstanding gratuities spanning over ten years.
Others contentious payments include: leave bonus from 2015 till date, arrears of promotions for workers at all levels , deductions and implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage across board.
The outstanding payments , which progressively accumulated during Governor Ayodele Fayose’s regime became an albatross for Fayemi, having promised to defray the arrears totalling N57 billion within one year he assumed office for his second term. (Daily Independent)
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