Organized labour in Ekiti State, on Tuesday, issued Governor Ayodele Fayose a 24 hours ultimatum to pay workers’ salary deductions for the month of December, 2015 or face industrial action.
This was contained in a statement, jointly signed by the Chairmen of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ade Adesanmi, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Odunayo Adesoye and Secretary of Joint Negotiating Council, Comrade Oladele Blessing.
While expressing regret over the delay in the payment of deductions, despite the agreement reached with the government at the stakeholders’ meeting of May 9, 2016, the trade unions said: “It must be noted that the state government has collected state allocation for December, 2015, January, February and March, 2016 with internally generated revenue inclusive and yet government is shirking its responsibility on payment of workers’ monthly salary, which is far from our expectation from a worker friendly governor.
“In view of this, we are constrained to request for the payment of the 2015 December workers’ deduction within 24 hours, so as to avoid industrial unrest in Ekiti”, it concluded.
In a swift response, the governor through his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, expressed surprise over the development.
According to him, ‘’Labour is fully aware of the present state of finance in the state.’’
Adelusi said; ‘’the labour in Ekiti cannot give Governor Ayodele Fayose ultimatum because it is fully aware of the present state of finance in the state. The labour knows what comes into the state monthly as allocation. The labour is a member of the committee that sits to appropriate whatever that comes into the state.
“The labour knows the amount deducted monthly from Ekiti allocation to pay debt incurred by Fayemi administration.
“Therefore, we implore the workers to show more understanding as the governor is doing everything possible to pay the January salary.”