By Kolade Larewaju
CIVIL servants in Ogun State yesterday said they would soon join other striking workers in the State, if the State Government fails to accede to their demand for improved pay package and better working conditions by next week.
Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC in the State, Mr. Clement Adeniji, at a press conference said the Union would be forced to embark on the strike in solidarity with the Nigeria Union of Teachers and health workers who had been on strike for some time.
Adeniji who with other executive members of the union had meet separately with the executives of NUT, Health workers and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) of the two state owned universities â€“ Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago – Iwoye and Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, said the NLC meeting with the unions was to deliberate on when to call all categories of workers out and to embark on solidarity strike and not to mediate among them and the State government.
According to him, â€œthe State Executive Council (SEC) will meet to deliberate on the outcome of todayâ€™s meeting. I can tell you it will not be to reconcile or mediate on the crisis but to take steps that would be beneficial to the workers. NLC, the umbrella body will rally all workers in the state for solidarity strike and that is the only way the government can be compelled to attend to the workers demand.â€
It would be recalled that the NUT, MHWU and ASUSS had been on strike since September, while the teachers are demanding for full implementation of new Teachers Salary Scale (TSS); the health workers are asking payment of 37percent increment in wages.
Governor Olugbenga Daniel had on Independence Day appealed to the striking workers to resume duty in the overall interest of the State, saying that it was impossible to meet their demands because of the lean purse of the state as a result of the economic meltdown.
Daniel explained that the global economic meltdown had affected the resources of the country and drastically had negative impact on the State as well which he said has made the achievement of 50 percent of the budget a mean feat.