Kwara Workers Begins Strike Over Minimum Wage

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By Aminah Adekunle – Ilorin

Office premises of different government Ministries, Agencies and parastatals including public schools and hospitals in Kwara State were under lock this morning as workers in the state commence industrial action over non implementation of the 30,000 Naira minimum wage by the state government.

Our correspondent Aminah Salako Adekunle reports that the state secretariat among other offices was locked as public school students were seen returning home.

A visit to schools like Government Secondary school, Ilorin, St. Barnabas L.G.E.A Primary school, Sabo Oke, St. Anthony Secondary school Offa Road among others, shows that students who were sent home due to the industrial action were catching fun with the development outside the school gates.

Some workers who spoke with Radio Nigeria described the industrial action as a welcome development considering the economic challenges confronting them.

Although commercial transport workers did not partake in the action the atmosphere in Ilorin the state capital early this morning wore a different look from the usual.

However, organized Labour leaders in the state had earlier stated that the court injuction obtained by the state government was an infringement on labour right to peaceful agitation and such cannot stand, hence the statewide strike action would hold.

The statement was jointly signed by State Chairman NLC comrade Aliyu Issa-Ore, acting Chairman TUC Comrade Ezekiel Adegoke and their JNC counterpart Comrade Salihu Suleiman.

The state government had got an exparte order restraining the labour unions in Kwara State from proceeding on the said industrial action.

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