Oyo workers call off 7 months strike over unpaid salaries

By Ismaila Akanji, Ibadan

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has suspended the seven week indefinite strike it embarked upon against non payment of workers salary and allowances in the state. The action was called off after a joint Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the 14-man committee put in place by the state government to dialogue with the organized labour.

Members of the committee include, the Secretary to the State Government, Ishmael Alli, Chairman of NLC in the State, Waheed Olojede, Head of Service, Soji Eniade, and Commissioner for Finance, Abimbola Adekanmbi.

The National Vice-President (Southwest) of NLC , Comrade Solomon Adelegan declared the strike called off at about11:15pm on Monday.

Also, the Chairman of NLC in the state, Comrade Waheed Olojede confirmed the suspension of the strike around11.30pm on Monday, said it was based on the agreement among the parties.

He disclosed that the leadership of the union agreed to suspend the strike based on the fact that the state government has decided to pay two months salaries arrears of workers, plead with the banks to exclude workers who are owing them from deduction of their debt from the two months salaries to be paid as well as the release outstanding promotion letters to workers.

Olojede said both parties have agreed to continue with the negotiation on all the outstanding issue, adding that the suspension of the strike was consider in the interest of members of the union.

Also confirming the suspension, the Secretary of the union in the state, Kofo Ogundeji said the national leaders of the congress has ordered the suspension of the strike based on the above agreement.

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