The Edo State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) will not go ahead with the industrial action it originally scheduled to begin today.
Chairman of the labour union in the state, Mr. Emmanuel Ademokun announced the suspension of the action in a communique released at the end of an enlarged state executive council session held on Monday.
Workers in the state had embarked on a four-day strike in December 2013 to demand payment of four years of outstanding promotion arrears as well as payment of 53.37 per cent salary relativity, among other contentious issues.
They suspended it after the intervention of Benin monarch, Oba Erediauwa, only to subsequently threaten an industrial action on account that Governor Adams Oshiomhole continued ignoring them.
“We sent a communiqué of our meeting to the governor and up till now, there is no response from him”, Ademokun had lamented last week.
“Therefore, we have decided that come March 3, workers in Edo State are going to embark on in an indefinite strike and the strike will not be called off until our demands are met. This time around, we will not listen to any person. People who would want to prevail on us not to go on strike should first prevail on the governor to meet our demands”.
But in Monday’s communiqué, he revealed that the government has offered to meet the request of organised labour concerning the 53.37 per cent salary relativity.
“Labour has made a counter offer, and a collective bargaining, which will lead to concrete agreement that would be beneficial to all workers in the state, has ensued”, he said, before going on to express support for journalists and teachers in the state.
“In suspending the strike action, NLC calls for urgent implementation of weighing allowance for media workers in the state. Labour has also thrown its weight behind teachers in the state by supporting their decision not to write the planned assessment test proposed for all teachers in the state by the state government”.