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.