Truce, as Oyo workers end strike

EXACTLY seven weeks after, the national leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), resolved, on Monday night, to suspend the indefinite strike of the labour movement in Oyo State, and mandated workers to resume immediately.
This followed an agreement reached with the Oyo state government after 10 days of negotiations.
Speaking, Vice President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Solomon Adelegan, disclosed that the strike was called off following an agreement that government would immediately commence the payment of outstanding January salary while February salary would be paid in two weeks time, when the state would have got the next federal government allocation.
Adelegan who spoke in the company of the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Olalekan Alli, and other members of the negotiation committee, further disclosed that government had vowed not to penalise any worker for their perceived action or inaction in the suspended strike.
Other agreements reached were to give two months moratorium to workers who had obtained loans from banks in view of current economic hardship.
It was further agreed that the issue of promotion arrears will be addressed as soon as civil servants, public servants, teachers in public primary and secondary schools resume.
Also, the two parties resolved that the trump up charges levelled against labour leaders in court be vacated.
On clearing the remaining outstanding salaries, labour and government resolved that the joint negotiation committee will continue to work on ways to ensure regular payment of salaries and ways of increasing the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state.