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Ekiti: We won’t accept pay cut – labour

The Organised La­bour in Ekiti State has told Governor Kayode Fayemi not to contemplate slashing their salaries like he did to the political office holders.

Fayemi had on Tuesday announced the slashing of salaries of himself, his dep­uty, Bisi Egbeyemi, and oth­er political appointees by 50 percent, saying the current economic realities did not guarantee payment of full salaries.

The unions spoke at a press conference jointly addressed by the chair­man of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Com. Kolapo Olatunde, and his counterpart in the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Com Sola Adigun, in Ado Ekiti prior to Friday’s Workers’ Day.

In his address, the NLC boss asserted that the men­ace of Covid-19 has affected every worker, saying the time remained the most ap­propriate to assuage their sufferings by paying their salaries promptly as well as giving them palliatives.

The labour unionsalso re­quested immediate payment of outstanding salaries by Fayemi to ease the effect of lockdown on the populace.

“We are still being owed three months’ salary ar­rears, outstanding leave bo­nuses, backlog of promotion arrears, while the minimum wage was yet to be imple­mented across board.

“As of today, the local gov­ernment workers and prima­ry school teachers are owed six months salary arrears while the secondary school teachers and civil servants are owed three months re­spectively. We have waited for over one year and we have done our best and made the right sacrifices.

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