Local Government works marched to governor's office in protest against non-implementation of N19,300 minimum wage at the local government level.
Part of the grouses of the workers is
non-implementation of the Consolidated Medical Salary Scale and Consolidated
Health Salary Scale to Local Government health workers.
Despite the harsh stand against their protest, the
workers, under the auspices of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Workers,
declared an indefinite strike action to press for
The whole drama started at the NULGE office located
at Iyin Road in the State Capital, where the NULGE President in Ekiti, Com Dele
National Treasurer of the NULGE, Com Oluyemi Esan
and Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress in Ekiti, Com Ayodeji Aluko, had told
the workers who trooped out in their numbers that that they would do everything
to ensure that the wage is paid to Council workers.
The NLC Chairman and NULGE President expressed
displeasure at the way the Local Government workers were being deprived of the
minimum wage, when Governor Kayode Fayemi-led Administration, had already
commenced payment to other workers since May, 2012.
The NULGE State President, said “not to bore you
with rhetoric, we gave the 1st 21 days ultimatum, followed by 14 days, 7days
and finally 3 days which lapsed 11.59pm yesterday. Since nothing positive has
been heard from
government, I hereby invoke the power vested on me
by the constitution of our great union by declaring a trade dispute via
an indefinite strike”.
Carrying placards of various inscriptions,
the workers were then guarded by heavily armed Policemen on a
march to the popular Fajuyi Park , where they were to be addressed by the
representative of the Governor, who was
then believed to be out of the town.