Crisis hits Ekiti State labour unions over unpaid salaries

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Crisis has engulfed Ekiti State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) as two different factions issued different directive to workers over unpaid salary arrears.Some workers, led by former chairman of the NLC, Ayodeji Aluko and his counterpart in TUC, Kolawole Olaiya, led the “rescue team” who declared industrial action against the state government.

The former labour leaders, under the auspices of Ekiti Workers Rescue Team, had embarked on protest at about 8.25 a.m. and addressed the workers in front of the secretariat where they ordered their members to leave their offices and begin an indefinite strike.They said it was wrong for Governor Ayodele Fayose who accused former Governor Kayode Fayemi of insensitivity for owing one month’s salary in 2014 to have betrayed the trust and confidence the workers reposed in him that earned him victory in 2014.

The rescue team also dissolved the state executives of the NLC and TUC respectively, alleging that they have become passive and shying away from carrying out their responsibilities as labour leaders.The leader of the faction, Aluko, said: “Today, we are dissolving the executives of the NLC and TUC in Ekiti State and they stand dissolved because their leaders, Ade Adesanmi and Odunayo Adesoye, have lost their values. They are no longer talking about the welfare of the workers they were expected to defend.

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