Schools closed as Oyo State workers strike

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Students in public schools in Oyo state were on Wednesday morning seen returning to their various homes as labour unions in the state had declared a three day warning strike over unpaid promotional salary arrears and other benefits.

A student told EduCeleb.com that their teachers asked them to return home.

This development had also left many government offices under lock and key when our correspondent visited there.

The state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Waheed Olojede, had earlier told NAN that the workers were also protesting some other issues.

Olojede said the workers had been negotiating with the state government over the issues for the past three weeks.

He said one of the issues was “technical” withdrawal of workers’ promotion earlier approved by the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi.

“The promotion was approved by the governor in February 2018, which implementation commenced in March 2018, and a good number of workers started enjoying it,” he said.

“To our surprise, by September 2018, the promotion was technically withdrawn by the Oyo State Government, and this led to setting up of a committee to meet the government to explain the reason.

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“Other issues are outstanding salaries of workers in local governments and primary schools. They are yet to collect their December 2018 salaries which others have collected.

“In some local governments, workers are owed salaries of three to five months; this is why we said government must do the necessary things to ensure that workers are paid as and when due.”

The unionist added that it was necessary for the government to address all the issues.

According to him, a meeting between the committee and the government on Tuesday was inconclusive.

“This led to the declaration of the three-day warning strike. We had earlier notified the government of warning strike,” he said.

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