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Ekiti Workers Threaten To Embark On Indefinite Strike

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Governor Ayodele Fayose

Crisis looms in Ekiti as workers have yesterday served a strike notice on the governor of the state, Peter Ayodele Fayose.

The strike notice which was served on behalf of the workers by organised labour, Ekiti chapter was as a result of about the unpaid salaries of the workers since last year December.

The unio ncondemned the action of the governor to have credited the account of t the wporkers with N3,000 before the last gubernatorial election conducted on the 14th of July in the state.

It decribed the action as insultive to the workers who are battling to keep body and souls together despite the refusal of the state governemtn to pay their salaries.

The union has threatened that the workers would commence an indefinite strike should governor Fayose refused to pay the salary.

However, the Nigeria Labour Congress Ekiti Chapter have faulted the strike notice as it disclosed that the organised Labour has no constitutional right to issue such.

The union opined that those who issued the strike notice are just hypocrites who are trying to impress the newly governor elect of the state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

NLC made this disclosere at a press conference held in Ado Ekiti on yesterday.

In the words of the Chairman of the union in Ekiti chapter, Com. Ade Adesanmi, “When inability to pay salaries began, the present government came with option of downsizing the workforce or allow two salaries to be added to pay one salary. In the interest of our people we took the second option.”

“As labour leaders, we are supposed to be apolitical. And that position we maintain up to now. Now, election has come and gone but the pitiable situation of our members occasioned by non-payment of salaries and pension of senior citizens still persist and it is worrisome.

“Letters have been written to the outgoing government to set machinery in motion for the payment of backlog of arrears of salaries and pensions to fulfill its promise not to leave Ekiti as debtor. This time, we want to hold Governor Fayose by his words.

“Workers are dying, pensioners are dying and the governor as a father to all, should ensure that our pains are relieved as soon as possible.

“We have suggested that from July allocation, government should mop up all funds and start paying two month salaries , failure which labour may not be able to guarantee industrial peace and harmony in Ekiti.

“But we implore workers to disregard information from the so called Ekiti State workers Rescue Team. They are pensioners and if they want to fight for anybody, it should be pensioners, so we don’t know whose interest they were protecting, because what they wanted was attention from the incoming government for political patronage”.

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