Unionists Chase Ekiti Workers Out of Office…
Call Fayose ”Wicked” for Being Insensitive to the Plight of Unpaid Workers, Pensioners …..
Declare Indefinite Strike…
DISGRUNTLED labour leaders Thursday chased civil servants in Ekiti State out of their offices as the union declared an indefinite strike action over unpaid salaries.
Led by one-time Chairmen of the Nigeria Labour Congress – NLC, Ayodeji Aluko, the Ekiti Workers Rescue Team – EWRT, described as “immoral, ungodly and unacceptable,” the decision by the state government to not pay workers for their services.
Aluko, accompanied by Kolawole Olaiya – also a former Trade Union Congress – TUC, chairman, accused the Ayodele Fayose’s administration of paying six month salaries and furniture allowance to political office holders, while refusing to offset arrears owed workers and pensioners.
He described Fayose’s action as wicked.
“We decided not to do this protest before election, so that they won’t read political meanings to it. Workers have died, just because they are not paid. In 2014, Governor Fayose said any governor who owed just a month salary because he is building infrastructure doesn’t worth being a governor,’’ Aluko told workers during the protest.
“Shortly after the election, Fayose quickly paid six month salaries and furniture allowances of political office holders, then what becomes of our teeming workers’’?
The former Labour boss also announced the dissolution of the NLC and the TUC led by Ade Adesanmi and Odunayo Adesoye, accusing them of compromising workers’ interest for personal benefits.
“It was sad that Adesanmi and Adesoye decided to give Fayemi three months moratorium to pay workers when assumed office, when they were practically doing nothing to ensure that Governor Fayose doesn’t leave office a debtor governor as he promised.
The Fayose administration reportedly owe core civil servants arrears six months, local government workers six months and pensioners eight months.