By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
Barring any last-minute change of mind, the labour union in Oyo State is set for a showdown with Governor Abiola Ajimobi over his outburst on Monday that there would be no salary for workers if they embarked on their planned strike.
The labour leader in the state, Com. Waheed Olajede said on Wednesday in an interview with WESTERN POST that the governor’s utterances was uncalled for, adding that Ajimobi has been showing nonchalant gesture to the plight of workers in the state.
He noted that it was inhuman and callous for the governor to say that “even though I did not owe them more than five months salary.”
The labour leader was quoting the governor to have said “in Osun what they were doing is that they pay the junior staff every month and the senior staff they manage. That is what we said they should be doing and they refused.”
He said Ajimobi stated that “giving us ultimatum is not the issue but they should sit down and follow the due
process and negotiate with us. If anybody goes on strike without following due process that person will not be paid I promise you no work no pay.”
Olojede said the planned strike became necessary following the prevailing condition of workers and pensioners with five months unpaid salaries and the failure of government to accede to their previous requests.
The labour leader, however, said the current situation had reduced workers to state of poverty, adding that their productivity, diligence and absolute commitment would be hinged on how the workers were treated.
The labour union in that state had on Tuesday last week issued a 7-day ultimatum to the state government to settle over five months arrears of salaries owed workers.
The ultimatum was issued by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiation Council (JNC) respectively.
However, workers in the state civil service now await what will be the next line of action as the ultimatum expires on Thursday, April 7.