Governor Fayose embarks on indefinite strike

– Governor Ayodele Fayose has embarked on an
indefinite strike
– According to the governor, the solidarity strike is
expedient to show concerns with the workers, who
have not received salaries in the last five months
– Fayose added that he will be expecting the workers
back to their offices when they are ready to return to
work

“I want to tell workers that I have placed myself on
indefinite strike in solidarity with you.”
Governor Ayodele Fayose has embarked on an indefinite
strike in solidarity with workers of Ekiti state.
Daily Post reports that the governor announced his decision
at the weekend in a televised broadcast shown on media
based in Ado Ekiti.
According to Fayose, the solidarity strike is expedient to
show concerns with the workers, who have not received
salaries in the last five months.
Last week, the workers, under the auspices of Nigerian
Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress and Joint
Negotiation Council, embarked on an indefinite strike,
when it became obvious that the governor would not
respond positively to their pleas.
The labour leaders were particularly angered by the
statement credited to Fayose, in which he said that he
would sell his family to pay workers. They described the
governor’s statement as ‘not only insensitive but
inflammatory”.
However, in the recent broadcast Fayose declared solidarity
with the workers to confirm that he shared their pains and
sufferings.
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“I want to tell workers that I have placed myself on
indefinite strike in solidarity with you. I shared your pains,
but it was rather unfortunate that a man can’t give what he
doesn’t have.
“I have told you the true position of the finances of the
state, of which you had played critical roles in allocation of
federal allocations to relevant sectors which shows how
well I had carried you along since the dwindling revenue to
the state commenced.
“During my first term, I mean, 2003 to 2006, I used to pay
salary of workers by 21st of every month. But the present
situation is very unfortunate and we have to learn how to
live with it until the country wriggle out of it and things will
change for better,” he said.
The governor added that he will be expecting the workers
back to their offices when they are ready to return to work.
“I shall be expecting you, because presently I am
handicapped and there is nothing I can do.
“But before then, I have placed myself on indefinite strike
in solidarity with your course. But I appeal that you put the
interest of the state above everything, because the present
position affects everybody,” he said.
Earlier this week, Fayose appealed to Ekiti workers who are
on strike to call of their actions. He noted that the difficult
economic situation was not peculiar to Ekiti alone as the
state depends much on statutory allocations.

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