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Oyo Workers Urged Not To Suspend Strike On Mere Promise

Posted: May 30, 2015 at 6:41 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Oladele Ogunsola, Ibadan.

The Oyo State Chapter of the Campaign for Democratic and Workers’ Rights (CDWR) and Socialist party of Nigeria (SPN) has called ?on the state labour leadership not to call-off or suspend the on-going strike action on mere promises of the government.

The groups also called on the state government not to further delay the unconditional payment of the three months unpaid salaries arrears and five to eleven months pensions being owed to both workers and pensioners in the state respectively.

Workers in the state are currently on strike in obedience to the directive by the national body of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to the states being owed salaries arrears.

The CDWR and SPN jointly arrived at this conclusion following hours of discussion and debate on the topic: “Mass misery in the midst of abundance and the role of the working people,” during a political symposium jointly organised by both organisations to mark this year’s Democracy Day in Ibadan. ?

It was held that the on-going workers strike in the state must not be allowed to linger unnecessarily, “because it is capable of deepening the anti-social vices among students in both primary and secondary schools who had been forced out of school as a result of the  strike  currently embarked upon by their teachers owning to the refusal of the Senator Ajimobi-led state government to pay their three months salaries arrears.

Both SPN and CDWR called on parents, guardian and the general public to lend active solidarity and support to the on-going workers strike in the state so as to be able to prevail on the APC-led Oyo State government to accede to legitimate demands of the striking workers.

The two organisations also called on the leadership of labour movement in the state not to allow itself to be cajoled this time around by either the state government or its state agents in the labour movement to call-off or suspend the on-going and long-overdue workers strike on the basis of any flimsy and deceitful memorandum of understanding (MoU).