The Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) has urged Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State to intervene in order to resolve the strike action embarked on by state workers.
In a letter signed by NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, the union listed the issues that triggered the strike. According to Mr. Wabba, these include the state government's failure to pay five months salary arrears and pensions, non-implementation of promotion report since 2014, as well as issues regarding staff verification carried out in 2015.
The NLC also accused the government of refusing to disclose the actual monthly sum of internally generated revenues.
The NLC told Mr. Fayose that workers "are not unconcerned about the prevailing socio-economic challenges in the polity," adding, "In our view, however, this does not constitute an acceptable rationale for owing workers and pensioners for so long. A laborer, the Holy Books tell us, deserves his wages. Stripped of his wages, he is reduced to a slave without rights or privileges."
The NLC declared that workers and pensioners in Ekiti State had been "pulverized into submission due to the default in the payment of their salaries and pensions to the extent that they are unable to perform their obligations to God, Man and the State."
According to the NLC, the painful situation "could be minimized, if not entirely reduced, if the government gives consideration to managing the cost of governance, raising the IGR profile and appropriately applying the bail-out funds given by the Federal Government."
Mr. Wabba urged the governor "to bring this strike action speedily to an end by commencing the process of payment and establishing a platform for dialogue at which the leadership of the workers at the state level could be availed of what accrues to the coffers of the state monthly."
He added that the NLC was prepared to sit with the governor and workers "to broker the necessary peace in the interest of industrial harmony and general well-being of the state."