Ajimobi to meet striking workers on Monday
The Oyo state governor Abiola Ajimobi has scheduled a meeting with all the union leaders of striking workers on Monday 26th March to address the lingering minimum wage crisis that has crippled the state for over two weeks.
Making the disclosure in Ibadan, the special adviser to the governor on media, Dr. Festus Adedayo explained in a statement, that the meeting was agreed on by Mr Ajimobi and the labour leaders to address all errors in the wage table which led to the protest by workers.
The statement noted that the governor has admitted, there are errors in the computation of the salary table, and urged the workers to seek rectification of the errors instead of taking to the streets.
Meanwhile the chairman of the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) Comrade Nurudeen Arowolo who has confirmed the scheduled, stated that “apart from correcting the discrepancy in the table, they are demanding that real percentage increase must be in line with the federal table.”
The acting coordinator appointed by workers, Comrade Abiodun Fasasi said it was disheartening that the labour leaders &the state government kept the workers in abeyance since July 2011. He stressed that the salary scale released by the state government on Thursday 15th march with the sum of N13,000.30k adopted as minimum wage, was unacceptable.
Comrade Arowolo also warned that negotiations have been put on hold until the distortions in the table are addressed by government. He said “labour leaders are demanding a home grown table to actually reflect the peculiarity of Oyo state with a real percentage increase in line with federal government table.”