Organised Labour in Ogun state have commenced its much anticipated strike today. This has halted all government activities in the state.
Few workers showed up today as most offices around the Government secretariat were largely deserted. Primary and secondary schools were also shut as security men took over the two major entrances leading to the Government secretariat.
State chapters of Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress, ordered members to embark on the strike today. This is after expiration of the 21-day ultimatum they had earlier given the state government expired.
They are complaining over the unremitted 12 months cooperative deductions among others.
Hoodlums Attack Members Of Organised Labour
Hoodlums attacked labour leaders and union members that gathered at the state NLC secretariat this morning.
According to eye witness account, the hoodlums arrived in a Toyota Camry and motorcycles and descended on union leaders and members who had gathered at the secretariat.
“The thugs covered the number plate of the car to shield the identity of the owner. They also attacked members at Laderin Estate, Kuto Roundabout and Oke Ilewo.”
Men of the Police Quick Response Squad and Civil Defence Corps, have taken over the NLC state secretariat in Abeokuta.
Government Says Organised Labour Strike Illegal
However, the state government has described the strike as illegal. A statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa circulated today revealed this. It said this development might invoke the government to apply the ‘no work no pay’ rule for absent workers..