Strike Notice: Kwara Govt Begs Labour Unions, Says CoS Will Engage Workers

Following the issuance of 14 days strike notice by the Joint Kwara Labour Congress over failure to fulfill previous agreements, Kwara State Governorship has begged workers to embrace dialogue.

Kwara State Commissioner for Communications, Bola Olukoju made this plea on a statement issued on Tuesday.

Olukoju reiterated that commitment of the government to promote the welfare of workers and the people of the state.

Kwara Workers Issue 14 Days Strike Notice, Demands Payment of N35,000 Wage Award

According to her, this administration (Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq administration) despite being among the third lowest recipients of federal allocations, has fewer rivals in the country in terms of prompt payment of salary and general welfare of workers.

“In the wake of and since the removal of subsidy by the Federal Government, the administration has committed additional N1,392,135,000.00 every month to payment of palliatives to the workers alone.” The Commissioner added

“As things stand today at the state level, an average of 74.06% of federal allocation to the state goes into payment of salaries and allowances of workers alone. This does not include the cost of providing government services or any public emergency. At the local government level, between 80% and 95% of their monthly allocations go into paying workers’ salary alone.”

She hinted that the Chief of Staff to Kwara Governor, Alhaji Abdulkadir Mahe has been asked to initiate a new round of dialogue with the unions.

Recall that Kwara NLC and TUC during a press conference this afternoon demanded implementation of N35,000 wage award, new minimum wage for pensioners and eight other issues.

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