Workers in Edo State have suspended their one-week strike which was called to press their demand for enhanced welfare.
This was disclosed by Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Edo State Council, Comrade Emma Ademokun during a press briefing in Benin City, yesterday.
In a communiqué jointly signed by Comrade Emma Ademokun of the NLC, Comrade Charles O. Oronsaye of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Comrade Shaka U. Otoede of Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) said “the level of attainment of the demands of labour by Edo State Government vis-a-vis the promised personal intervention on the issues by His Royal Majesty, the Oba of Benin, Oba Erediauwa as well as the call by eminent citizens led to the suspension till first week of February, 2014”.
The communiqué read by Comrade Ademokun said “SEC-in-session had a thorough assessment of the issues at stake and noted that Government has agreed to revisit the balance 20% consolidated salary structure for health workers in February.”
The leadership of the State Organized Labour also noted Government’s agreement to pay the balance 10.5% T.S.A. to Primary and Technical School Teachers effect from July 2013.
According to him, “Edo State Government agreed to release all the outstanding four years promotions from 2010 to 2013 to the Civil Service, Boards and Parastatals in the State”.
He further said “in confirmation of this, Government has forwarded the names of nominees of the Civil Service Commission to Edo State House of Assembly for ratification adding that the Commission will in turn address issues of promotions for Civil Servants in the State as well as employment of workers to fill existing vacancies in the State Civil Service”.
Comrade Ademokun thanked the entire workers in the State for their solidarity and commitment while the strike action lasted. It would be recalled that the organized labour in Edo State went on an indefinite strike action on Tuesday, 3rd December, 2013 to press home their demands for enhanced workers’ welfare in the State.