Tuesday, 5 April 2016

I wont pay Salaries if you go on strike- Oyo state Governor threatens Labour

Governor of Oyo state-Abiola Ajimobi
In what could be described as a nonchalant attitude, Governor of Oyo stateAbiola Ajimobi has said he is not deterred by the strike threat of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), vowing that any worker who goes on strike will not be paid.

He said ultimatum issued by Labour is not only surprising but unnecessary and uncalled-for in the prevailing circumstances. He urged the labour leaders to negotiate with the government, vowing that any worker who goes on strike without following due process will not be paid. The flamboyant governor equally said he is not ready and will not review the 90 per cent income dedicated for the payment of workers salary from the Federation Account.

He equally said that the government cannot pay 62,000 workers with the money that ought to be used to maintain over 10 million citizens. “Modern day labour union and government relationship has listed steps that must be taken. Step one is if you have any concern about anything, there is a joint negotiation committee that is made up of government and workers, you first go there to discuss with them.

 “If after the discussion it does not work then you can go to the next level where the head of service and government will now appoint some people to discuss. It is when negotiations have broken down that labour can give notice of strike and not this old time labour government relationship where without discussing you will issue ultimatum to go on strike. 

“It is illegal because this is a government where law must be followed and obeyed, not this culture of impunity. It is wrong to give an ultimatum to go on strike without reaching a consensus with the government. 

“We have an agreement, there was a time we use to get close to N5 billion from the Federal Government and our IGR was like N1 billion, now everybody is aware of the situation, and now we are having N2 billion plus from Federal Governmen,” he was quoted by Nation newspaper.
Also, traditional rulers in the state have solicited with the labour leaders not to go on strike. 

The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, said labour should be considerate and embrace the government’s conditions while the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, said: “The government has tried his best allocating 90 per cent of the federal allocation to pay the worker’s salary. The labour leaders only need to be patient and considerate.

” Recall that another APC governor, the embattled Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai has gotten into another trouble as organized labour in the state are set to shut down all activities in the state following his alleged anti-workers policies and excesses.

Source- The Nation

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