Filed in News by on March 28, 2012

Oyo workers reject new minimum wage table
March 28, 2012 by Akinwale Aboluwade, Ibadan

Industrial activities were on  Tuesday paralysed in Oyo State as civil servants in the state embarked on an indefinite strike in protest against the new salary scale presented to the leadership of the labour unions on Monday.

The workers said the N19,987 minimum wage table presented by Governor Abiola Ajimobi was unacceptable because it did not represent any significant difference with the old table.

The governor, during an open discussion with the workers at the House of Chiefs Complex, Oyo State Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan on Monday, explained that the wage would cost 4.1bn out of the total 4.5bn accruing to the state on a monthly basis.

The workers also demanded the implementation of the new federal tax regime to save them from excessive taxes.

The Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, Bashir Olanrewaju, and his Joint Negotiating Council counterpart, Nurudeen Arowolo, stated that the workers resolved to fight for the implementation of the new salary across board.

Arowolo said, “The government must give the workers in the state a living wage and not poverty wage. The strike that was declared is indefinite as the governor is not ready to bow to pressure by meeting the demand of workers.”

Olanrewaju  said there was the need for workers to have the record of the exact number of workers in the state civil service as well as the total Internally Generated Revenue.

However, Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Bosun Oladele, who described the workers’ action as unfortunate, said the state government expected them to reciprocate government’s gesture.


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