Kwara workers return to work after three days strike

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By Solahudeen OLUWASHOLA.

Workers in Kwara State on Friday called off their three-day strike Which they embarked upon on the directive of the state Joint Labour Unions to demand for the signing and implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage.

INSIDER recalls that the Joint Labour Unions in the State, comprising the Joint Negotiating Council, Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress had directed workers to down tools starting from Tuesday, October 13.

However, following the appeal by the government, groups and other well-meaning individuals, the labour leaders eventually agreed to call off the strike and to resume negotiation in a bid to reaching a consensus on the disputed minimum wage.

After a meeting with the Head of Service, Mrs. Susan Oluwole, the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Issa Ore, told journalists that they had decided to hearken to the pleas by the Governor, the Head of Service and other well-meaning individuals for them to return to work while negotiation continues.

His Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart, Comrade Ezekiel Adegoke, warned that the strike should have shown the government that the workers would not allow their expectations go unmet and would not hesitate to resume the strike if the government refused to meet their demands.

Meanwhile, the Kwara State Head of Service, Mrs. Susan Oluwole has commended the union leaders for their understanding, assuring them of the readiness of the Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq administration to see to their demands.

Workers in the State have been directed to return to work on Monday, 19th October, 2020.

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