strong> By Bolanle Lawal/strong>
The Trade Union Congress (TUC), Ekiti chapter, has given Governor Kayode Fayemi a 21-day ultimatum to pay workers’ backlog of arrears as promised during his electioneering campaign in 2018.
This is contained in a statement issued and signed by its State Chairman, Mr. Sola Adigun.
According to the statement, redeeming such a pledge would further reinforce workers’ trust in the APC-led administration in Ekiti and smoothen the relationship with the incoming Governor, Mr. Biodun Oyebanji.
It read in part, “The TUC commends the government’s prompt payment of salaries since the inception of this outgoing administration in October 2018 till date.”
“However, the TUC reminds Governor Fayemi of his initial promise to offset all arrears payments before the expiration of the tenure.
“But we noted with dismay, the refusal of the government to remit the already deducted dues, such as co-operative deductions, contributory pension, bank loan repayment, and NHF fund, to the appropriate quarters.
Adigun noted that this had made life unbearable for workers in the state.
“We equally frown seriously at the refusal of the Accountant-General of the State to continue with the cooperative savings update of Ekiti workers due to the alleged presence of some syndicate operating in her office.”
“Most members of the TUC have not benefited from the new minimum wage after almost two years of implementation in the state.”
” We call on the government to implement the minimum wage across the board for all workers without further delay.”
“We note that the financial backing for the 2018–2019 promotion exercise was selectively implemented.”
“Hence, we call on the government to ensure that others exempted should be immediately captured for financial remuneration.
“Also, TUC demands that the facilities in health institutions, especially the teaching hospital, be upgraded to meet the expected standard of best practice.
“Finally, the meeting demands that the government set machinery in motion within the next 21 days to meet the demands, failing which industrial harmony will no longer be guaranteed.