By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Concerned Trade Unions in Ekiti State, comprising artisans and commercial drivers , Tuesday held an anti-workers rally in Ado-Ekiti, describing the ongoing strike declared by labour unions to press home for the payment of myriad of outstanding benefits as politically motivated.
They also accused the leadership of labour of taking N25 million bribe to destabilize the Ayo Fayose-led government .
The protesters led by the Chairmen of Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria, Com. Samuel Agbede and National Union of Road Transport Workers, Com Clement Adekola, paraded placards of various inscriptions, massed at the popular Fajuyi Park and marched to Ijigbo to shore up supports for Fayose’s government.
While speaking with newsmen, the RTEAN Chairman said the workers industrial came at the wrong time, saying he expected the labour leaders to take a cue from Ondo , Oyo , Benue and Osun States, who are owing more than five months salaries without the workers going on strike.
In his words, “the workers cannot afford to paralyse the state because Governor Fayose has demonstrated transparency in the distribution of federal allocations accruing to Ekiti. The labour leaders were part of the negotiation that agreed that two month allocations should be lumped up to pay one month salary.
“But as we speak now, two months allocations can’t even pay one month salary. The governor used March and April allocations to pay for December and where do they expect him to get money to pay full salary of about N2.6 billion monthly now?
“We expect them to show understanding . But we are beginning to see that this strike has political undertone”, he alleged.
He berated the labour unions for asking Fayose to spend the internally generated revenue to pay workers’ salary together with federal allocations, urging them to desist from arrogating the state to workers alone.