Civil servants under the aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) staged a warning strike yesterday, paralysing activities in government establishments.
The strike, according to the state chairman of the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) in the state, Mr Bayo Adejumo, was to press home the demand of workers for full implementation of the new minimum wage.
The strike which was initially scheduled to hold for four days was however suspended at about 4.00pm yesterday after an emergency congress of the NLC and the TUC held at Fakunle Comprehensive High School, Osogbo. The state chairman of the NLC, Alhaji Saka Adesiyan who announced the suspension of the strike said the labour decided to suspend the strike to allow further negotiation with the state government.
He urged workers in the state to be patient with the labour leaders on the issue, stressing that the work force would not relax on its demand for full implementation of the new minimum wage across board. Some government offices were yesterday closed down in compliance with the directive of the NLC for the strike, while some that were opened in the morning were later shot down before noon.
Survey by our correspondent revealed that teachers in both public primary and secondary schools boycotted schools yesterday while students that went to schools later returned home. Meanwhile, the chairman of the state chapter of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, Mr Akinyemi Olatunji was yesterday booed by members of the association at the state secretariat of the association along Gbongan Road, Osogbo following his stand on the strike.
Mr Olatunji had on Sunday directed members of his association to ignore calls for strike by the leadership of the NLC and the TUC. However, Olatunji’s position did not go down well with generality of his members who alleged that he had been bought over by the state government and embarrassed him at an emergency meeting of the association held yesterday.