Ibadan - The Trade Union Congress (TUC), Oyo State Chapter has issued a five-day ultimatum to the state government over the non-payment of seven months salaries and pensions to workers.
The TUC Caretaker Chairman, Andrew Emelieze, made this known when he addressed newsmen in Ibadan on Monday.
Emelieze said that the union would embark on a mass action if government failed to address its demands.
He said the five days ultimatum was an added opportunity for government to the issues, adding that the initial 15-day ultimatum expired on Aug. 1.
The TUC had on July 11 stormed the state government secretariat to submit its demand to the government, issuing a 15-day ultimatum.
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TUC’s letter was received by Soji Eniade, the Head of Service on behalf of the government.
Emelieze said that the state government did not consult with them while the ultimatum lasted, inspite of their correspondence to them.
“We are not part of the unholy agreement between the state chapter of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the state government that suspended the seven weeks strike on July 25.
“We hereby condemn the unholy alliance and resolution between them. We are going to occupy the state secretariat if government fails to heed to our demands.
“We will bring our mattresses and pillows to the secretariat, while some will go on hunger strike,’’ he said.
He faulted the planned restructuring of the workforce by the state government, describing it as a ploy to retrench some workers.
The TUC chairman said that more than 30 per cent of the wage bill claimed by the state government was used in paying political office holders.
He also appealed to the Federal Government to cushion the economic hardship experienced across the country, saying the cost of living in the country was on the increase.
- News 24