NLC Begins Indefinite Strike In Oyo State
Workers in Oyo State under the umbrella of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) this morning, commenced an indefinite strike action.
The strike, according to the Chairman of the NLC in the state,
Comrade Bayo Titlola-Sodo was declared in solidarity with primary school
teachers who had been on strike since Monday. The industrial action is
coming five days to the end of the second term of the outgoing governor
in the state, Abiola Ajimobi.
NLC had on Wednesday said it had given a 24-hour notice to commence
strike and paralyse government activities, few days to the May 29
swearing-in of the new government of Engineer Seyi Makinde of the
Peoples Democratic Party in the state.
The teachers had last week, issued a 72-hour ultimatum to Oyo state
government to clear and settle backlogs of salaries owed its members.
The union while lamenting over unpaid salaries of primary school
teachers, gave the state government a 72-hour notice to go on indefinite
strike if the situation is not reversed. The union lamented over
complementary allowances of promotions of the teachers.
NUT listed issues worrying the members of the union as
non-implementation of the approval and accompany promotion benefits to
the primary school teachers by the Oyo State Joint Account Allocation
Committee (JAAC). Others are delay in payment of salary to primary
school teachers, delay in the promotion of grade level 14 to 15,
continued withholding of 2018 leave grant and delay in the clearance of
teachers allegedly accused of illegal promotion. Titilola-Sodo,
while declaring that the strike has commenced, insisted that it can only
be called off when the government is ready to listen and fulfil its
obligations on the teachers. T
he NLC Chairman, in a telephone conversation with
DailyPost maintained that the decision to embark on the strike was taken
at the union’s meeting.
He said, “The strike has commenced today. It has commenced. It is an
indefinite strike. “We expect all our members to join. We
voluntarily and jointly agreed to commece the strike at our meeting
after the expiration of the notice we gave the government. Every member
of the NLC is expected to join the strike.”
When asked when the strike will be called off, Titilola-Sodo insisted
that it can only be called off when the government is ready. He said,
“That one you said, ask the government. We did not serve them the notice
today. We have been on it for sometime. Thank you.”