OYO WORKERS JOIN STRIKE
Workers in Oyo State have vowed to join the strike called by the national leadership of the Labour union, following the breakdown of talks between them and the Federal Government on the implementation of the new minimum wage.
Vice Chairman of the state Public Service Joint Negotiation Council, Remi Adediji in an interview in Ibadan at the weekend said the action became inevitable not only because his colleagues were part and parcel of the umbrella Nigeria Labour Congress, but also because there were still some local issues to resolve at the state level.
The workers had last Monday called off an indefinite local strike they embarked on penultimate week over a dispute with the state government on the payment of the minimum wage.
They had insisted on government continuing payment of the minimum wage in line with a pact reached with the former regime of Otunba Adebayo Alao Akala, which the new administration stopped, demanding renegotiation.
However, the workers had a rethink when an imminent national industrial action was averted after the Federal Government and governors agreed to pay the contentious salary.
Labour had, however, gone back to the trenches after finding the interpretation the authorities gave the agreement unacceptable.
Adediji said the state government must implement the N13, 000 disparity in the wage structure across board for Oyo State to merit the appellation of being a pacesetter.
To this end, he called on the state Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi to detach himself from the apron string of 'other state governors who claim to be progressives.'
The governor had proposed a harmonized salary structure that offered the workers similar wages in Ekiti and Osun states, but this was turned down.
The Labour leader said the payment of the new minimum wage would promote the image of the government, the political image of the governor and the political party he represents while serving as source of more revenue in form of tax to the state government. to recall members of the recently disbanded state road traffic maintenance agency not only to reduce the number of jobless youth but also because government had incurred huge money in their recruitment and training.