In an unexpected approach due to the long-time relationship that the Oyo Governor, Seyi Makinde had with the labor union before and since his inception as governor, the combination of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and Trade Union Congress, TUC, enmass occupied the entrances of the Agodi state secretariat in protest against the non-payment of salary deductions, arrears and subsequent payment of full salary by the ‘Seyi Makinde administration.
In their mass numbers, they, workers, stormed the frontage of the secretariat as early as 7 am forcing security agents attached to the facility to shut the gate and to consequently shut down the business of the day for the government.
This news medium, The Trailblazer News, gathered that, the duo of NLC and TUC had issued a joint press statement warning the government of the strike if there was a failure on their part to attend to their plights.
Below is the press statement as obtained by The Trailblazer News
The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in a statement yesterday said it is meeting Thursday morning at 7:45 am.
According to the union, the response of the government to their ultimatum does not address their demands.
Being the Communiqué issued at the end of a Joint meeting of NLC/TUC as well as INC in the State held on Tuesday 25th July, 2023 at NLC Secretariat.
“After intense deliberation on government’s written response to the 4-day ultimatum the Labour Unions in the State issued to the State Government to address the following demands:
Payment of Salary deductions arrears and subsequent payment of full salary. Palliatives for workers. Upward review of pensions. Payment of Leave bonuses from 2021. Payment of Gratuity to retired civil Servants that has been stagnated since 2021. Release of promotion letters for the promoted staff and lift embargo on promotion for 2021 and 2022.
“Responding to this demands at the tails of the ultimatum, the government said we should give her 21days in the minimum to work on the deductions.
“To us, this response do not address our demands as it involves the general hardship workers and Oyo State residence are going through and it is in a bid to give feedback and discuss on what is to be done that the leadership of NLC, TUC and INC in the State resolve to convoke Congress of all workers in the State on Thursday 27th July, 2023 by 7:45am prompt at the NLC Secretariat.
“All workers in the state are urged to resume work at NLC secretariat for deliberation on Thursday 27th July, 2023 by 7.45am prompt,” the communique reads.