Members of the Oyo State chapter of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) have distanced themselves from the planned industrial action by the state’s chapter of the Trade Union Congress (TUC).
Last week, TUC, stating that it was not a party to the agreement between the government and the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) which ended the seven-week strike last month, issued a five-day ultimatum to the state government to pay all salaries and arrears by Friday or face an industrial action.
But the labour union yesterday got a shocker from the Ibarapa Central Local Government chapter of NULGE as it dissociated itself from the planned strike.
But NULGE Chairman in Ibarapa Central Local Government, Comrade Saheed Adeleke, urged members of his union in the local government not to join the TUC strike.
According to him, the decision was taken at a congress of NULGE in Ibarapa Central Local Government last week. He called on members of the union to be more diligent and committed to their duties.
The union leader commended , for making workers’ welfare a top priority.
Meanwhile, the Caretaker Chairman of the council, Mr Azeez Rufai, has commended Governor Abiola Ajimobi over his handling the labour crisis in the state.
While addressing NULGE leaders in the council, Rufai said the last NLC strike would have been avoided if the labour leaders had taken the pain to understand the precarious financial situation facing the nation and Oyo State in particular.
The council boss also commended traditional rulers and other opinion leaders in the state for the positive role they played in the crisis.