- Governor Ajimobi has been given 24 hours by Oyo state to meet their demand or they would embark on strike
- The workers are asking for the payment of salary arrears for public school primary teachers and their promotion
- The union, among other things, are also asking for the recall of LAUTECH workers who were sacked
Oyo state workers on Thursday, May 23, threatened to go on strike if the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, failed to fulfill their welfare demands within 24 hours.
The notice of the strike was contained in a press release signed by Comrade Ibrahim Mohammed who is the secretary to the Oyo state branch of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Daily Trust reports.
The release said that members acknowledged the commitment of the state government in the upgrading of the directorate cadre from grade level 16 to 17, the lifting of ban placed on transfer across cadres, and the timely payment of May 2019 salary.
The labour union said that an enabling document supporting their demands within the deadline of the 24-hour ultimatum should be provided.
The workers also asked that the government must pay at least one month arrears of workers salary and promote public primary school teachers in the state.
Other demands include the payment of arrears to local governments’ workers Lagelu, Egbeda, Ogbomoso north and south, Ibadan north, Surulere local government areas.
The union also urged the governing board of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) teaching hospital to call back sacked workers and release promotion letters up to 2016 as it is in other sectors in the state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the Oyo state governor-elect, Seyi Makinde, said the state cannot pay the new national minimum wage of N30,000 just signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Makinde on Wednesday, May 1, said the federal governments should have allowed states to negotiate the new minimum wage for their workers as the condition of living varies from state to state.
Makinde told reporters in Abuja after attending the induction programme for returning and newly elected governors that he intends to negotiate with the Oyo state branch of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) because the state could not afford to pay the amount.
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