Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has joined workers civil servants in the state on their indefinite strike action.
According to the governor, the action becomes necessary to show concern for the workers who have been on strike for more than a week.
While making the declaration in Ado Ekiti at the weekend in a televised broadcast shown on media based in Ekiti State, Fayose revealed that he paid the January salaries of local government workers, primary school teachers and subventions to tertiary institutions in the state.
The workers under the auspices of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiation Council (JNC), had last week Wednesday called out workers for indefinite strike, when it was apparent that the governor has allegedly not been responding positively to their yearnings.
The Chairmen of TUC, Com Odunayo Adesoye, NLC, Com. Ade Adesanmi and JNC Secretary, Blessing Oladele, were particularly irked by the statement credited to Fayose, averring that he won’t sell his family to pay workers, describing the statement as ‘not only insensitive but inflammatory”.
All entreaties by Fayose and stakeholders, including the speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon. Kola Oluwawole, who held a meeting with leadership of trade unions on Friday to placate the striking labour unions were futile, as the labour leaders insisted that negotiation could only happen when salaries are paid.
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