Civil Servants in Kwara state have commenced a strike action to demand for the implementation of N30,000 minimum wage. From today government offices in the state will remain closed until further notice.
The state government have accused Labour leaders of flouting an injunction it received from the National Industrial Court, stopping labour from embarking on the strike; an allegation labour has refuted, claiming it didn’t receive such an injunction.
The Governor of Kwara state AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, through his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, pleaded with labour to reconsider its stand.
“If we accede to the request of the labour, we will not be able to do any other thing other than paying workers. Our schools have collapsed, the basic health facilities need to be fixed, and we need to do much more for the rest of the population too.
We want to pay the minimum wage. Where we disagree with the labour is consequential adjustment that they are asking for. It will mean we cannot do any other thing outside salary payment.
There is a court injunction and as far as the government is concerned there is no strike. Everybody should report to work. We will work on how to improve facilities in our state as much as we will pay salary of our workers.”
It is not certain how long the standoff will last, as the organised labour has vowed to persevere until their demands are met.
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