Thursday, 13 September 2012

Ekiti LG workers protest non payment of minimum wage

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, also
declared an indefinite strike action to press for their demands.

The whole drama started at the NULGE office located at Iyin Road in the State Capital, where the NULGE President in Ekiti, Com Dele Ajayi, the
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.

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