Labour plans strike over sacked Ekiti Assembly workers

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The organised labour in Ekiti State said on Tuesday said it would not hesitate to mobilise workers to go on strike if the sacking of 21 workers of the Ekiti State House of Assembly was not reversed.

The state secretaries of Joint Negotiating Council, Gbenga Olowoyo; Trade Union Congress, Lawrence Kuloogun; and Nigerian Labour Congress, Taiwo Akinyemi, who joined the sacked workers to protest in the House of Assembly complex, described the exercise as unjust and called for their reinstatement.

Olowoyo said: “We are here to express our rejection of the summary dismissal of these 21 staff of the House of Assembly. We are not saying the House of Assembly Service Commission cannot audit its staff, but it has to be with human face.

“If the HASC management insists that it cannot recall them, we may declare a strike and mobilise other workers to join forces with the workers there. Our thinking is that the HASC management should be kind-hearted enough to listen to us.

“We (organized labour) had a meeting with the HASC Chairman, Taiwo Olatunbosun, today (Tuesday), he still maintained his hard-line position after our plea.

“Our thinking now is that we will have meeting with the Speaker, Funminiyi Afuye, on Thursday. If after the Thursday meeting, nothing tangible is achieved by way of giving the affected people soft-landing, we will mobilise the entire workforce against the leaderships of the Commission and Assembly,” Olowoyo said.

Olatunbosun had stated on Tuesday that the just released report of the staff audit was part of the efforts to reorganize the commission for effective and quality service delivery in line with the scheme of service.

Olatunbosun in a statement said;

“The Commission wishes to stress that the routine staff audit was carried out in good faith without any intention of vendetta, witch-hunt or victimisation against anyone. It is equally important to note that the exercise will assist the commission to restructure, reposition and bridge the generational gap in the establishment.”

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