By Ola Ajayi & Gbenga Olarinoye
IBADAN—Workers in Oyo and Osun states are to embark on an indefinite strike from today, following the inability of the two state governments to pay them arrears of salaries owed. Oyo State government is alleged to be owing its workers five months salaries, while Osun State had also been unable to pay its workers in the last few months.
The leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in Oyo State has directed all its members to begin an indefinite strike starring from today, saying that this followed a decision reached by the congress in line with the directive of the national secretariat of the congress yesterday.
According to the state NLC Chairman, Mr Waheed Olojede, “the position of the law establishing the NLC ensures that we comply with the directive of our national leadership.”
Olojede further pointed out that immediately a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, on the payment of the salary arrears was signed and consultations held with the NLC national leadership, the strike would be called off. “Until the MoU acceptable to both the state NLC and government is signed, sealed and delivered, the strike will go on. We appeal to our colleagues to remain calm and peaceful in their conduct while awaiting further directives from our national leadership.
“We urge all workers in the employ of the state to continue to stay at home until we receive a directive from our national leadership.”