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Monday, 6 June 2016

We need money not solidarity strike, workers tell Fayose

The Ekiti State workers on Sunday told Governor Ayodele Fayose to hold his solidarity strike, which declared on Friday in honour of the striking workers, saying “what we want is our money to alleviate our poverty”.

Fayose, had on Friday declared that he had placed himself on indefinite strike in solidarity with the workers, who had been on industrial action for about two weeks over non-payment of five months outstanding salaries.
Fayose said it has always been his wish to respond to payment swiftly, but for dwindling revenue to the state, adding that “now that I share from your pains, I have also placed myself on indefinite strike in solidarity with you and I shall be waiting here for you until you call off”.‎
But the organized labour in the State, who, however, commended the governor for declaring solidarity strike, maintained that what the workers needed was at least payment of three months salaries to actually authenticate the sincerity of the self-imposed strike declared by Fayose.
The Chairman of the Trade Union Congress in the State, Com. Odunayo Adesoye, who spoke with newsmen in Ado Ekiti, stated that the level of poverty among the civil servants had become burdensome and unbearable to the extent that they had become beggars.

“We appreciate the governor for sharing from our pains and anguish.
But the workers will appreciate and commend him the more if he can pay at least two or three months salaries out of five months owed.
“Our situation has gone beyond the governor declaring mere solidarity strike. We need more of actions now than talks because our situation is gradually becoming hopeless.
“Some of us have the intention of going to work, but no money to pay.for transport fare. Some of us could not take two square meal a day.
Some could not cook soup with ordinary fish, so our situation has gone beyond what anyone could trivialize.

(Daily Post)

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