Osun workers call off four day old strike

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The four-day warning strike ordered by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiating Council (NJC) in Osun State was yesterday suspended.

The workers suspended the strike around 5pm after an emergency congress at Fakunle Comprehensive High School, Osogbo, which lasted several hours.

NJC Chairman Mr. Bayo Adejumo said the suspension was to allow negotiation with the state government.

TUC Chairman Mr. Francis Adetunji urged workers to be patient with the labour leaders, adding that they would continue to demand the full implementation of the minimum wage across board.

Activities in government establishments were paralysed yesterday, which was the first day of the strike.

The few workers that reported at their duty posts left when they heard that their colleagues at the congress were coming to chase them out of their offices.

Many offices in the state secretariat in Osogbo were closed.

Public primary and secondary school teachers shunned work and pupils had to return home.

The state government is about to set up a negotiating team to dialogue with labour.

In its reply to the labour leaders’ letter on March 27, the government, through the Ministry of Human Resources and Capacity Building, said negotiation would begin on April 15.

The Permanent Secretary, Mr. L.O. Oyeniran, said the team would meet at the Exco chambers by 11am.

Labour’s representatives on the negotiating team are: Adejumo; Adetunji; NLC Chairman Saka Adesiyan; JNC Secretary R.A. Adeyemi; NLC Secretary G.A. Bolarinwa; the Secretary of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Mr. Segun Netufo; Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service, Technical and Recreation Service Employees (AUPCTRE) Secretary M.A. Adediji and Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) Secretary, Mr. S.O. Koleoso.

www.sojworld.com (c) December 30, 2017

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