Edo workers begin 3-day warning strike

Semiu Salami
Semiu Salami
Gov. Oshiomhole

Edo workers on Tuesday began a three-day warning strike over some lingering labour disputes with the state government.

The Edo chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Dec. 1, in Benin directed the workers to embark on the strike if the state government failed to meet their demands.

The Edo NLC Chairman, Emmanuel Ademokun told newsmen in Benin that the workers want the immediate payment of the balance of 20 per cent of consolidated salary structure for health workers in the state.

Ademokun said that the workers, among other demands, wanted the implementation of the balance 10.5 per cent Teachers Special Allowance (TSA) as the state government earlier agreed with the NLC.

He said that the government should also address the non promotion of public servants since 2011 and the immediate constitution of the board Edo State Civil Service Commission.

Ademokun said that NLC had on Nov. 29 notified the state government of its resolve to embark on the strike.

Our correspondent report that workers of the state-owned agencies complied with the NLC directive, as most of the gates to the establishments were under lock and key.

Some of the offices visited include the state secretariat on Sapele Road; and the State Ministry of Information and Orientation.

Others were the premises of Edo State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, the state Sports Council and public schools.

The leadership of the NLC urged the workers to ignore government’s “no-work-no pay’’ threat.

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