We are Ready For Dialogue – Striking Ogun Workers
Striking workers in Ogun State have told the state Government that they are open for dialogue to resolve issues surrounding the industrial action embarked upon by the workers.
The Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress in the state, Comrade Akeem Ambali said this yesterday during a solidarity rally at the union’s Secretariat on Abiola Way in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
Ambali while addressing workers on the action which has entered its fourth day, revealed that the union will march in a peaceful protest to the Governor’s office on Monday.
The chairman in his declaratory speech said the workers were not scared of arrest and detention by the state government.
“On Monday, all of us will march to Oke Mosan, if he likes let him bring one million police or soldiers, we are to go force to force. If he arrests us today, we are ready to go to cell, we are not afraid of detention.
“The issue of saying they have opened registers is illegal. The Secretary to the State Government has not called us for dialogue. The government should have the political will to invite us. If they invite today, we are going to dialogue with them. We will not allow what is happening to workers in Osun and Oyo states to happen in Ogun State,” Ambali said.
Speaking in the same vein, the Chairman of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, Abiodun Olakanmi, described the ‘no work, no pay’ threat from the government as a fallacy, arguing that rather it should be the reverse, ‘no pay no work.’
He said it was not as if the workers were asking for salary increase but were only demanding the unremitted deductions made from their salary