By Sunday Aloba, Ado Ekiti
Workers in Ekiti State civil service have condemned Organized Labour for defending Governor Ayo Fayose and failing to fight for the payment of their outstanding salaries, allowances and entitlements of retirees.
Acting under the aegis of Enlightened Workers Forum (EWF), they also faulted the claim of Fayose during his recent appearance on the two television stations that he has promoted 15,000 workers and that he was owing them only two months which he had paid.
The workers’ body insisted that no worker has received promotion letter since the governor made the announcement describing Organized Labour in Ekiti as “a government agency being funded like parastatals.”
In a statement on Wednesday by EWF Coordinator, Mike Bamidele, the workers urged the national leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) to visit Ekiti to investigate the purported promotion and payment.
“The presence of Labour could only be felt in the state when the need arises to defend Governor Fayose even to the detriment of workers they had professed to serve, simply because they are the carefully selected boys and girls of Fayose.
“Only few days ago, precisely on the 28th of December, 2016, the so-called leaders not minding the fact that government had refused to pay workers salaries and as such, they had to go empty handed for Xmas and New Year celebrations came back from a three-day government sponsored retreat at Ikogosi Warm Spring where a whopping sum of N50 million was doled out to them.
“It is against this hopeless background therefore that the Enlightened Workers Forum had taken it upon itself to make this clarion call on the president’s of NLC, TUC and JNC to urgently visit Ekiti State on a save our soul mission.
“This call was further necessitated by the fact that Governor Fayose appeared on Channels Television few days ago and the AIT on 3rd January, 2016 and told the whole world that he had promoted over 15,000 workers and paid two months salaries he was owing workers.
“There is no single truth in these claims and the mere fact that no Labour leader had come up to contradict him would confirm to the national body of the various central labour organizations, the extent of compromise on the part of the Ekiti State chapters of the Organized Labour.
“The truth of the matter is that Fayose had only paid workers’ salaries up to August and pensions up to June 2016. No worker up till this moment had received any letter of promotion.
“An urgent visit of the national officers of the Organized Labour is very sacrosanct as this will apart from enabling them to know the facts, will prevent the bailout funds from being further diverted.”