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Strike: No Going Back, Says Oyo NLC

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By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan

The Oyo State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC has vowed to continue the strike it embarked upon until the Federal Government rescinded its decision on the new pump price.

NLC Chairman, Comrade Waheed Olojede, who was accompanied by other stalwarts of the various unions in the state while addressing workers at the union’s  American Quarters Secretariat on Wednesday called for the reversal in the pump price of PMS, electricity charges and urged governors to see to the plight of workers across the nation.

Olojede who had earlier addressed workers at some strategic places in Ibadan including Mokola and the state secretariat in a protest organized by the union, Trade Union Congress in conjunction with Joint Action Front (JAF), vowed to mobilize all workers irrespective of their status or organization in the state to join the nationwide strike.

Among other unions who had their representatives in the protest were members of Non-Academic Staff Union, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) and Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) and MDCAN.

Olojede said: “Tell them, one is that the electricity charges should be reversed, the petrol price should be reversed, the other important one is for the governors, the legislative arm at the federal and states levels, the ministers including the president to see to the plight of workers in Nigeria.”

The state’s union leader noted that the no work no pay order was just a threat to scare workers as he said the workers who went to work during the strike and those who did not will collect their salaries.

He said: “Those of you who are here and those who went to work will collect your salaries, anyone who come here tomorrow will collect his salaries.

“Please go with the gospel to tell others that we should all converge here by 7.am tomorrow.”

However, business activities in banks and many privately-owned businesses in Ibadan, the state capital, were in full operation  against  the order of a faction of NLC, demanding the reversal of the price of the Premium Motor Spirit (NLC), popularly known as petrol.

Comrade Ayuba Waba-led faction of the NLC had in Abuja ordered all workers to embark on nationwide strike to demand immediate reversal of the pump price from N145 to the initial N86.50, while Comrade Joe Ajaero-led faction ordered workers to remain calm and go about their normal work without any hindrance.

Banks operations and activities in major markets, artisans’s shops, private schools and other privately-owned businesses  were running smoothly while hundreds of members of NLC were demonstrating round the state capital.

Pupils in public schools were sent back home while their counterparts in private schools stayed back in the school premises for the day’s activities.

WESTERN POST Correspondent who went round Ibadan metropolis noticed that there were limited activities at both state and federal government offices as many workers did not show up at their offices while those who were at work did not do any serious work.

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