Labour calls off warning strike in Ogun  *As negotiation begins on Friday

Femi Adeleke
The organised labour in Ogun State has called off its proposed warning strike, scheduled to hold between Thursday, 19th and Friday, 20th of December, 2019.
A statement by Governor Dapo Abiodun’s Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin in Abeokuta on Wednesday, indicated that decision was arrived at after a meeting between government and representatives of the labour unions.
The “Organised Labour” comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and The Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) on Monday directed the State and local government workers to embark on two-day “warning Strike” citing the government’s refusal to negotiate and implement the minimum wage.
Both parties resolved to commence formal negotiations on the new minimum wage consequential adjustment of salaries.
Commending government on its decision to start negotiation on the new minimum wage on Friday, 20th December, 2019, chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC), said it was a step in the right direction.
Fajobi said that the meeting was an all-encompassing meeting aimed at addressing all outstanding issues in the service, with emphasis on the constitution of the negotiating committee.
Fajobi called on civil and public servants in the state to return back to their respective duty posts as the proposed warning strike would no longer hold.
“Since negotiation is starting on Friday it was natural for the organized labour to call of the strike in the spirit of collective bargaining”, he said.
“No need for it again. Absolutely no, because we have commenced discussion and in the spirit of collective bargaining, it is just natural that both side will sheath sword. It is on this basis, that the announced warning strike will not go ahead. Our colleagues in the public service should go about their normal duties. Each and everyone of them should just ensure they return to their desk, continue there duties and they are assured that the organized labour is up and doing to address all issues in the service, particularly the new minimum wage,” he said.
Responding on behalf of the state government, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi said that the Prince Dapo Abiodun-led government was poised to ensure that the welfare of workers continued to be on the front burner.
“We’ll look into it”, he said. He called on the organized labour to nominate a team from their side, so as to ensure the commencement of negotiations on Friday.
The state number one scribe added that issues on welfare matters and others issues between the state government and the organized labour would be looked into.
He promised that the Prince Dapo Abiodun-led government would continue to show commitment to the welfare of workers.
Talabi while tasking the organised labour to come up with the names of members of the organized labour that would make up the negotiating committee, charged prospective members of the negotiating committee to have maturity of mind and also ensure that they are not rigid.
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