Kwara state workers embark on strike over minimum wage


Organised labour in Kwara State, yesterday called out on its workers on strike,defying the court injunction stopping them from undertaking such action.

It was gathered that most of the government workers obeyed and went along with the labour’s directives to go on strike over the refusal of the state government to pay them the N30,000 new minimum wage.

The National Industrial Court (NIC), Akure, on Monday, gave an ex parte order restraining labour from proceeding on strike sequel to the meeting with the state government on the implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage which ended in a gridlock.

This came after labour directed its members to proceed on an indefinite strike from Tuesday unless the government agreed to their demands .But the state government insisted that it would only pay what it could afford.

It was gathered that some government offices,which included state secretariats, the civil service commission,the local government service commission, ministries, teaching service commission and the courts, they were all under lock and key.

Also the public primary and secondary schools were not excluded, most teachers in compliance with labour’s directive refused to report for work . Students, were disappointed as they arrived their Schools with no teacher to teach them.

The state Chairman of NLC Comrade Aliyu Issa –Ore, commended the level of compliance of the workers and encouraged them to remain unyielding and not be disturbed by alleged attacks on their leaders by thugs.

The state government has however, in a statement by the Head of Service, Mrs. Susan Okuwole, asked all civil servants to resume work, assuring them that adequate security arrangements had been put in place to guarantee their individual and collective safety.

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