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Ekiti Workers To Commence Strike August 3

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Zainab Sanni

The Nigeria Labour Congress, Ekiti State chapter, has directed workers to proceed on a three-day warning strike beginning from Monday, August 3, over unresolved issues surrounding their unpaid salaries and other benefits.

The impending strike, according to the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), followed the refusal of  Governor Kayode Fayemi to pay the outstanding salaries, allowances and pension arrears of their members.

The directive was contained in a statement jointly signed by the Chairmen of the NLC, Kolapo Olatunde; TUC, Sola Adigun and JNC, Kayode Fatomiluyi, yesterday.

The statement read in part: “Fellow workers, the state government is yet to attend to any of our requests such as a financial promotion for the years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 yet to be implemented.

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“There is no commitment to all outstanding deductions such as cooperative money, loan repayment to banks, housing fund and so on; 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 have now become an abandoned project and mirage.

“Following from the above, the strike action will commence from 12:00 am on Monday, August 3, 2020, except government attends to our demands.

“No worker should go to work or listen to any directive from any quarters, except for the leadership of the organised labour in Ekiti State.”

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