By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
The rift between the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Oyo State chapter, and the Oyo State Government has taken another dimension as the national body of the union has ordered its members in the state to proceed on indefinite strike to press home the demand for immediate payment of six months’ outstanding salaries and all pension arrears.
While addressing members of the union on Monday in Ibadan at the NLC secretariat, the National Vice President of the union, Com. Adelegan Solomon, urged the general public not to hesitate to hold Senator Ajimobi solely responsible if the state was plunged into a state of uncontrollable anarchy as a result of what he described as crude and uncivilised method of mobilising thugs and using military force to silence the opposition voice against the anti-people plan to sell some leading secondary schools in the state under the pretence of private public partnership, PPP.
“The National Secretariat of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, is quick to bring to the notice of the general public of how the Senator Abiola Ajimobi-led government has gone ahead in the early hours of today Monday 6th June, 2016 to mobilise hundreds of armed thugs to Iyaganku magistrate court with a directive to allegedly attack innocent and law abiding workers whom are expected to be at the same magistrate court this morning to ensure the adequate perfection of bail conditions given towards the release of the labour leaders who had been incarcerated since Friday 3rd of June 2016 at Agodi Prisons, in Ibadan.”
“Consequently, our members were beaten, harassed and intimated by these gangs of armed thugs. This is a deliberate attempt to scare the workers away from the court premises with a view to frustrate the perfection of the bail conditions and ensure that our leaders continue to be incarcerated.
“It is also disheartening to state that students who also stormed the court premises in a protest against an attempt to sell off their schools to a handful of capitalist profiteers in the state were also tear gas by members of the Nigeria Police force,” he added.
The union, however, listed their four demands which include immediate withdrawal of all trumped up charges levelled against labour leaders; rescinding the decision to sell-off any public schools in the state; proper and adequate funding of the education sector, including payment of living wages and other incentives for educational workers and the immediate payment of six months’ outstanding salaries and all pension arrears.
By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan