The Trade Union Congress (TUC), in Oyo State, has issued a five-day ultimatum to the state government over the non-payment of eight months salaries and pensions to workers.
Mr. Andrew Emelieze, the Caretaker Chairman of the Union, Mr. Andrew Emelieze, gave this warning while speaking to journalists in the state capital on Monday following the expiration of the 15-day period initially offered to the government.
The union, faulted the alliance between the government and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) as unholy, stressing that a recent deal signed to end the industrial deadlock was not a true reflection of the yearnings of the various unions.
“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.
“An extra five days ultimatum will be given to the state government to pay all outstanding arrears with interest. The people should start preparing for a mass action to occupy the state secretariat on August 8, 2016, should the government refuse to meet our demands.
“You will recall that the Oyo State Government and the NLC entered into an unholy alliance by signing a lactiferous and satanic agreement that is inimical to industrial harmony in the state. The agreement is illegal, illegitimate and unacceptable to the TUC.
“We condemn it in strong terms as we see the sophisticated and nonsensical resolution, which allows the government to sack workers and reduce the workforce. The agreement is baseless and callous; we reject it in all its form and entity. It is a product only good for the dustbin,” Mr. Emelieze said.