Workers in the Oyo State Public Service today began a three-day warning strike over unpaid salaries and withdrawal of promotion by the state government. The state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Waheed Olojede, told newsmen that the workers were also protesting some other conditions.
Olojede said that the state Public Service Joint Negotiating Council, comprising the NLC and Trade Union Congress, had been negotiating with the state government over the issues for the past three weeks.
He said that one of the issues was `technical’ withdrawal of workers’ promotion earlier approved by the state Governor Abiola Ajimobi, which the beneficiaries enjoyed for few months. Olojede said other issues are outstanding salaries of workers in local governments and primary schools.
He noted that it is necessary for the government to address all the issues. According to him, a meeting between the committee and the government on Tuesday was inconclusive leading to the declaration of the three-day warning strike.
The NLC chairman added that there were crisis in state-owned tertiary institutions. He said that the institutions were facing one problem or the other and owed salaries and allowances, regretting that the situation had been leading to industrial unrest in the institutions.