Industrial activities took a stand still on Tuesday in Oyo State, following the indefinite strike action embarked upon by civil servants in the state to protest against the new salary scale presented to the leadership of the labour unions on Monday.
The workers insisted that the N19,987 minimum wage table presented by Governor Abiola Ajimobi represented no significant difference with the old table. 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, 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.”
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.