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CDWR Faults Oyo NLC Over Suspension Of Strike

Posted: Jun 9, 2015 at 4:50 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Oladele Ogunsola –   Ibadan

As the workers in the employment of Oyo State Government resume work  Monday, following the suspension of the indefinite strike declared by the labour leaders after two-weeks, the Campaign for Democratic and Workers Rights (CDWR) in the state has frowned at the development which was described as not representative of the affected workers’ opinion.

Hearkening to the directive of the national leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Abuja a forthnight ago that workers in some of the states across the country being owed salaries and allowances by their state governments should embark on an indefinite strike, the Oyo State NLC called out the workers on strike.

But, the Waheed Olojede-led State executive of NLC on Friday suspended the two-week industrial action and asked the striking workers to resume to their duty post starting from Monday morning.

This action was based on a claim that the state government had signed with the workers a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that the three months unpaid salaries arrears would be paid to workers on grade levels one to 12 as soon as the next allocation to the state was released while levels 13 and above would be paid later.

Described as a vague and unspecified MoU, the CDWR alleged that the labour leaders arrived at the decision without the consent of the striking workers and argued that the suspension of the strike by the labour leaders without recourse to Congress of workers was a wrong step.

According to the pressure group, “we decry and frown at the decision by the Oyo State labour leaders under the banner of NLC, to suspend the strike embarked upon since 26th May, 2015 by workers over the refusal of the Senator Abiola Ajimobi-led government to pay their February to April 2015 salaries arrears, even when the government has not fulfilled any of the demands of the workers.

“We in the CDWR are of the opinion that Workers’ Congress will be the appropriate avenue for such a vital decision on whether to continue or suspend the strike should be taken”, adding, “this MoU is highly deceptive, divisive and lack every sense of sincerity and the workers must resist the imposition of this kind of MoU as a basis to suspend the strike.

“Therefore, they should prevail on the labour leaders to call a Workers’ Congress where the decision on whether the strike should be reversed or not should be taken and for us in the CDWR, we enjoin workers not to suspend the strike, but insist on the immediate and unconditional payment of their three months unpaid salaries’ arrears as the only condition through which the strike  can be suspended”, the group noted.