Public workers in Ekiti State will from Thursday, May 26, begin industrial action over the inability of the state government to pay salaries for five months now.
The Nigeria Labour Congress directed, Wednesday, civil servants to begin an indefinite “stay at home” immediately to save the souls of the teaming hungry workers and aggrieved workers in the state”, from Thursfay
In a joint statement signed by NLC Secretary, Comrade Olayemi OJP, Joint Negotiation Committee Secretary, Blessing Oladele and TUC Secretary A, Adebayo, the organised labour called Fayose’s attention to their ultimatum to pay all deductions and five months salaries which expired on Wednesday.
Chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Ekiti State, Kolawole Olaiya, berated Governor Ayo Fayose led administration for the inability to pay workers’ salary, adding it was indication that “Ekiti has become a failed state. ‘
Olaiya said the basic function of government was paying salaries and other emoluments of its employees.
Speaking with reporters in Ado Ekiti, Olaiya said the shortfall of allocation from the Federation Account is not an enough excuse not to pay workers.
He said unless the state government accedes to the demands of labour by midnight of Wednesday, industrial action is expected to commence by Thursday.
The TUC boss said rather for Fayos to pay workers’ salaries, he is busy spending billions of Naira to construct a flyover in Ado Ekiti.
Olaiya said: “Every government is created for the security and welfare of the people and it is criminal for any government not to pay its workers salaries as it is in Ekiti State.
“In a situation where a government cannot pay for five months, such a government is a failed government. All the indices on display in Ekiti presently show that it has become a failed state.
“We don’t expect Governor Fayose to be treating workers like this, he should not compensate them with suffering and non-payment of their salaries after they voted him to power and welcomed him to office amidst singing and dancing.
“His own is a failed state, the governor is not doing anything to improve the welfare of the people. Look at the flyover being constructed, that is not the priority of our people.
“He is trying to waste Ekiti funds, Fayose has failed pensioners, he has failed workers and he has failed everybody.
“The workers have resolved not to go to work again because they don’t have the money to feed and transport themselves to their offices. The situation is so bad and what I am saying can be verified by anybody.”