Labour Strike Records Mixed Compliance In Ekiti
Some workers in Ekiti State on Thursday, September 27th failed to cooperate well with the seven-day warning strike declared by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).
Some workers in the state civil service reported for work on Thursday.
Labour, through the National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, on Wednesday directed all labour centres across the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory to begin a nationwide warning strike.
The strike began midnight Wednesday.
Although, officials of the state councils of the NLC and TUC moved round to ensure compliance with the strike, some offices were still opened.
When our correspondent visited the old Governor’s Office and the new Secretariat along Old Iyin Road at about 9.30am, some workers had reported at their duty posts while some were absent.
Our correspondent observed that top management staff of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) came to work but no junior and middle-level management staff reported for duty.
Banks were also opened for business transactions in spite of the directive that there should be a total shut down of the country.
Commercial motorcycle operators, taxi and bus drivers defied the strike order and continued their activities unabated.
Private business organisations like shops, hotels, petrol stations, eateries, banks were also opened for business.
State TUC chairman, Odunayo Adesoye, , however, expressed satisfaction with the level of cooperation in the state expressing optimism that workers in the informal sector would comply in subsequent days.
Adesoye, who justified the strike, argued that the present minimum wage was no longer sustainable. He also disclosed that the organized labour may picket offices where the strike appeared ineffective on its first day.
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