OSOGBO — LABOUR leaders in Osun State, yesterday, failed to make good their threat that public workers in the state would begin a four-day warning strike over implementation of the N18,000 new minimum despite media noise.
Leaders of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, in the state suspended the planned strike at a congress attended by workers on the invitation by government for further negotiation.
They had, last Thursday, directed workers in the state to proceed on a four-day warning strike from yesterday to protest non-implementation of the agreement on the full payment of minimum wage to civil servants in the state.
NLC Chairman, Ska Adesiyan, and his TUC counterpart, Francis Ade-tunji, contended that the decision to suspend the warning strike was predicated on the readiness of the government to commence negotiation with labour over the actualisation of the agreement reached on the minimum wage.
The state government had in a letter dated March 30, which was signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Human Resources and Capacity Building, Mr. L. O. Oyeniran and forwarded to labour hinted that “Governor Rauf Aregbesola has graciously approved the composition of members of the negotiating team on the actualisation of agreement on minimum wage in Osun State.”
It would be recalled that Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE; Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, and the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, MHWUN, dissociated themselves from the planned strike.