Ogun State workers have embarked on a one-week warning strike over the failure of the government to implement the new minimum wage.
This was made public by the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Emmanuel Bankole, after a three-hour closed door meeting between the leadership of organised labour and government officials which ended in a deadlock.
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Following the expiration today, of a 14-day ultimatum which the workers had given the state government to commence the payment of new minimum wage, they have since commenced the strike like they vowed to.
The workers had earlier on Tuesday, stormed the governor’s office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta to protest against the failure of the government to begin payment of the new minimum wage and pension reform bill among others.
The leadership of the organised labour which comprises NLC ,Trade Union Congress and Joint Negotiating Council later went into a closed -door meeting with the government .
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Bankole, while speaking to journalists after the meeting, said the meeting between the labour unions and the government had ended in a deadlock, adding that they decided to embark on a one week strike.
The labour leader lamented that the workers had been taken for granted for too long and accused governor Dapo Abiodun of being insensitive to their plights.
Bankole said, “Unfortunately the negotiation is [in a] deadlock. And so the one week warning strike will commence 12 midnight tomorrow (Wednesday).
He said, “The position of the government is unacceptable to us. What they said was that minimum wage will have to be delayed so that they can do certain things and we said no, enough is enough. We have waited for so long.
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The Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Public Affairs, Remmy Hazzan has expressed shock over the warning strike.
Hazzan admitted that the organised labour has legitimate demands, but the financial status of the state made it incapable to implement the minimum wage.
He, however, said the government would continue to engage the workers in order to resolve the issue to avoid plunging the state into industrial disharmony.