Oyo State workers has given the state government 7 days ultimatum to pay their over five months arrears of salaries. The ultimatum was issued on Tuesday in Ibadan by the Organised labour in the state which includes Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiation Council (JNC).
According to Oyo State NLC Chairman, Mr Waheed Olojede, who addressed a press conference, the ultimatum would commence on Wednesday, March 30 and lapse on Thursday, April 7. He said that the unions had considered the prevailing condition of workers and pensioners with five months unpaid salaries and the failure of government to accede to previous requests.
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The state government and the labour unions had in 2015 signed a memorandum of understanding on how the salaries would be paid but the government have declined the unions’ request for a meeting to discuss the problems. He pointed that the situation has reduced workers to a state of poverty, adding that their productivity, diligence and absolute commitment will be dependent on how workers are treated.
“If government fails to meet the leadership of the labour movement in the state, we may not be able to guarantee continued industrial peace beyond the stipulated time”.
Meanwhile, there was panic in Eruwa, headquarters of Ibarapa East Local Government on Tuesday as Police and students of Eruwa Polytechnic, Eruwa, Oyo state clash, following their protest against the management of the school.
Buzz Nigeria gathered that the students were protesting over the dismissal of students of Higher National Diploma (HND) Business Administration and hike in fees charged for late registration by the management. The affected HND one students of Business Administration were told to go home after being admitted, paid their school fees and had even been receiving lectures. The school said they can no longer admit them again, telling them to come back next session. Sources within the campus who confirmed the development said the protest did not go down well with the management which called in members of the state police force in the town.