BY OLA AJAYI, IBADAN
The current disagreement between workers and the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress over the yet-to-be-resolved minimum wage has led to the suspension of the leaders by their followers.
The alleged suspension followed the failure of the leaders to appear at the union secretariat at Agodi Gate to explain the latest development on their meeting with the state government.
State Chairman of the union, Mr. Bashir Olanrewaju and other leaders witnessed the annoyance of their fellow workers as stones and other objects were hurled at them for alleged compromise on the N18,000 minimum wage.
At the state secretariat of the union yesterday, the workers waited fruitlessly for their leaders to come and give them further details on the issue, but the leaders did not show up.
After waiting endlessly for them, they were annoyed and announced their suspension with immediate effect. They promised to visit the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana on the wage issue.
The aggrieved workers then directed their colleagues to abandon their duty posts on Monday and assemble at the office of the union.
Responding to the alleged strike, the State Chairman, NLC, Mr. Olanrewaju said he and other leaders of the union were waiting for further directive from the national leadership for the union.
He said, “I did not foist myself on them as the chairman of the NLC. If members of both sectors meet and decide that they no longer want me as their chairman, I will leave. Those who met and claimed to have suspended us are from the public service. There is still the private sector.