By Balkis Tijani.
The organized labour in Kwara State Tuesday commence industrial action to drive home their demand for the signing and implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage by the Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq administration.
Earlier on Monday, the State Government had secured a court order from an Akure Division of Industrial Court to prevent the labour unions from proceeding with the industrial action.
INSIDER had also reported the intervention of a pan-northern Nigeria group, GAMA, which pleaded with the labour on behalf of the State government to shelve the idea of a strike which, they said, would “hurt everyone, including the workers themselves.”
But despite all entreaties, the organized labour Monday evening insisted it would proceed with the planned strike slated for today (Tuesday), claiming not to have received any court injunction stopping the strike.
Recall that on September 28, 2020, the organized labour in Kwara, comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress and the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC-TUS) issued a 14 days ultimatum for Kwara State Government (KWSG) to implement the N30,000 minimum wage.
Our correspondence who observe compliance with the strike by workers report that students who went to school were seen returning home as the teachers were not at work in compliance with the labour directives. Some ministries and major government facilities are also locked.
The labour unions, to enforce compliance with the sit at home directives, have also deployed members to specific agencies and schools.