In Ogun, Labour Leaders Reject Council of Obas Appeal, Insist on Strike
Leaders of the state chapters of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, on Wednesday, turned down the appeals by the state Council of Obas urging them to suspend a planned workers' strike.
While the Obas called for negotiation on the way out over the planned strike, the labour walked out on the paramount rulers during the peace meeting.
In attendance at the meeting were the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo, the Awujala of Ijebuland, Dr. Sikiru Adetona and the Olu of Ilaro who is the Chairman of traditional council, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle.
Efforts by the Council of Obas to pacify the labour leaders failed as the labour leaders staged a walk out, insisting that the strike would commence Thursday.
The Council of Obas had faulted the proposed strike, saying it lacks the support and blessings of Royal Fathers and good people of the state.
The Council of Obas condemned the union's action for disrespecting the traditional rulers and walking out on them during an attempt to broker peace between them and the government.
Earlier on his speech, Awujale had told the workers that the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, deserved their support and cooperation instead of calling out the workers on strike action adding that the state is better than other states.
The Monarch alleged that there were indications that the workers were being sponsored by some politicians outside the state adding that the Obas would not fold their arms and allow the state to be plunged into crises.
Alake in his own submission explained that the government of Ogun State must have worked very hard not to owe any salary adding that the workers should exercise patience with the governor on the deductions and not be carried away by politics.
Oba Olugbenle also described a recent action of members of Nigerian Union of Teachers where politicians were given awards during their anniversary as uncalled for, unethical and condemnable.
Meanwhile, the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has threatened that he will not allowed the workers to make the state ungovernable for him.
He vowed not to allow the workers hold the state to ransom by not showing understanding on the state of the nation.
He said, "It is also important to note that no group or individual can be more important than the State that binds all of us together. Let me on my honour reaffirm our determination not to allow any group or individuals to hold the State to ransom for selfish, parochial and ulterior motives.
"The era of playing politics under the guise of labour movement and agitation for improved welfare and condition of service is over and gone for good in Ogun State. People that are interested in politics should have the courage and honour to resign and join the politicians.
"This is in no way trying to abridge the right of our people to agitate for better or improved condition of living, but in doing so, we should allow reason, consideration for other stakeholders and general interest of the State to prevail. This is the only way to ensure the continued development of our dear State."