Oyo State Government and all governors owing workers have been issued a 15-day ultimatum by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to pay up or face mass action in affected states.
The TUC Chairman, Mr. Emelieze Andrew, said in Ibadan on Tuesday that urgent steps must be taken by states and the Federal Government to tackle the development.
Lamenting that the economic challenges were biting hard on Nigerian workers, Andrew advised governors finding it difficult to pay salaries to rise up to the challenge or consider resignation.
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He recalled that Monday’s protest in Ibadan was against the backlog of arrears of promotion entitlement, gratuities and pension owed Federal Government workers.
The congress called on the Governor of the state, Mr. Abiola Ajimobi to urgently find a solution to the lingering crisis. Members of TUC at the national level joined their counterparts from Oyo state to protest the non-payment of their salaries for over 6 months.
The Head of Service, Mr. Soji Eniade, while addressing the protesters, appealed for calm and assured that the committee to be inaugurated between labour and government will come up with a lasting solution to the problem.
The Nigeria Labour Congress in the state had declared an indefinite strike over the non-payment of salaries and government’s education policy aimed at promoting private participation in the management of schools.
The NLC is also seeking the withdrawal of the criminal suit instituted against some labour leaders over alleged destruction of public property in Ibadan.
Meanwhile, all public primary and secondary schools in Oyo State remain closed despite the order to re-open the schools by the governor.
The TUC Chairman, Oyo State chapter, Comrade Niyi Akano, has maintained that teachers are not resuming until their demands are met.