Mr Waheed Olojede, the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC) in Oyo State, on Thursday, disclosed to newsmen that the Oyo State Government and Labour unions have began negotiation on how to solve the irregularities in workers outstanding salaries and pension.
He added that the meeting which lasted for almost three hours, was ordered by the Governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi.
We are happy today that the entire labour movement in the state was invited for dialogue which we started around 3p.m.
We rose from the meeting now on the understanding by the two parties that now that the negotiation has commenced, the negotiation will run within a short period.
The negotiation is expected to conclude on how to address the irregularities in the payment of outstanding pension and salaries.
Mr. Olojede, further addded that he believed the issue will soon be resolved and appealed to workers to remain calm, promising that they would not be disappointed.
We will continue as leaders of workers in the state to fight for their welfare and industrial interest. This is our commitment.
This is our responsibility and this we shall pursue to a logical conclusion.
He further added that the earlier agreement of 90 percent of the allocation to pay workers, must be reviewed as it has become obsolete.
To us, what is coming from Abuja as allocation kept on dwindling and the 90 percent is no more relevant. That is why there must be a review.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Communication and Strategy, Mr Yomi Layinka, who was also at the meeting slammed the labour union for portraying the government as insensitive.
The labour unions goofed in their action because government had not in any way breached the agreement it had with labour.
The labour unions had apologised for the action and we have conveyed their apology to the governor after the meeting.
Layinka, who spoke with NAN, said that the governor had instructed that the agreement of government with the unions from the meeting must be adhered to strictly.