Minimum wage: Oyo workers urged to shun confrontation

By IndepthAfrica
In Nigeria
Apr 9th, 2012

Oyo State civil servants have been urged to use dialogue instead of confrontation to persuade the government for enhanced pay.

They were hailed for suspending the strike by the state’s Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over the disagreement with the government on the minimum wage offer.

The Medical Officer of Health, Ibarapa North Local Government Area, Dr O. R. Omotajo, appealed to the workers in a statement at the weekend.

He said the wage dispute was unnecessary because the government has demonstrated enough sincerity with the workers.

“Compassion rather than contempt should come the way of Governor Abiola Ajimobi from teachers in the state. Elsewhere, teachers’ professional allowances have been swallowed up by the minimum wages. But here, they continue to enjoy them side by side with the minimum wage,” he said.

Omotajo, who said he was convinced about the governor’s commitment to workers’ welfare, urged Labour leaders in the state “to allow conscience and good judgment to prevail in their handling of the current wage crisis by giving the governor the benefit of his words”.The Nation

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