Workers in Ondo State on Wednesday observed their first day of the indefinite strike called by the labour unions, shutting down all government businesses, to demand the payment of their five-month salary arrears.
Courts, schools and all ministries, departments and agencies of the state government were shut down for the day, as workers stayed away from work.
Some government offices that opened early for their activities were forced to close as officials of labour went around to enforce compliance.
However, commercial activities were not affected. Private businesses continued normally.
Meanwhile, the state government has urged the labour unions to dialogue with the government to resolve the salary impasse.
The chairman of the Ondo State branch of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Bosede Daramola, told PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday that a meeting between labour and government officials would hold on Thursday.
She said the strike would continue despite government’s approach for dialogue.
“Our doors are always open for dialogue with the government,” she said. “They have called us to a meeting tomorrow (Thursday), but the strike will continue until a decision is reached to call it off.”
Asked why labour had waited for long to agitate for the payment of salaries, she argued that the necessary procedures had to be followed before a strike could be called.
“You have to follow the procedures before you can call a strike,” she explained. “You don’t just jump into a strike that will not succeed, you have to go through all the processes so that everyone will be involved.”
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