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General News of Thursday, 17 September 2020

Source: www.mynigeria.com

Workers strike in Ogun brings government activities to a halt

Workers began their strike over the non-implementation of the new minimum wage Workers began their strike over the non-implementation of the new minimum wage

Days after the workers began their strike over the non-implementation of the new minimum wage, The Punch has confirmed that government activities across the state came to a halt, especially at the governor’s office in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

As early as 6am, labour leaders mobilised went to various government offices to enforce compliance with the strike.

The main gate of the state secretariat in Oke-Mosan was blocked with labour union vehicles. Workers who arrived early were turned back. Directors and other top echelons in the civil service were, however, at work

There was an unusual presence of the security operatives at the secretariat.

Sources told our correspondent that all the headquarters of 20 local government areas of the state  were grounded in compliance with the strike.

The orlabour had on Tuesday declared the one-week warning strike shortly after the negotiation between the government team and the labour leaders ended in deadlock.

Speaking on Wednesday, the state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Emmanuel Bankole, said there was high-level of compliance with the strike among workers.

He said, “After the one week warning strike and the government fails to do anything, we will declare full blown strike. Our brothers in the private sector will join.”

Bankole, however, said labour leaders would continue to negotiate with the government towards resolving the matter.

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