The Osun State chapters of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have suspended the four-day warning strike embarked upon by the workers in the state. This is as a result of the congress addressed by the chairmen of the NLC and TUC, Saka Adesiyan and Francis Adetunji respectively at Osogbo, the state capital.
The two labour unions had, last week Saturday, directed workers in the state to proceed on a four-day warning strike, which commenced on Tuesday, to protest the failure of the state government in implementing the agreement it reached with the Joint Negotiating Council on the payment of minimum wage to civil servants on September 9, 2011. However, addressing workers at the congress on Tuesday, the NLC chairman said the decision to suspend the warning strike was predicated on the readiness of the government to commence negotiation with the labour on the minimum wage.
The state government had, in a letter dated March 30, 2013, signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Human Resources and Capacity Building, Mr L.O Oyeniran, 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.”
According to Adesiyan, “following the readiness of the government to commence negotiation with the labour on April 15, 2013, the entire congress has hereby suspended the four-day warning strike… I want to tell you today that we are going to communicate the government that we have suspended the strike. So workers would resume to work tomorrow (today).”