The Oyo State chapters of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have urged workers not to go to work on Monday.
The unions made this declaration in a joint press statement signed by Comrade Kayode Martins (NLC Chairperson) and Comrade Bosun Olabiyi Agoro (TUC Chairman) on Friday.
The unions advised all workers in the state not to go to work on Monday but to resume at the NLC secretariat for a congress.
The unions said after the expiration of the ultimatum served on the state government, which is yet to proffer a lasting solution to their grievances, all workers should pick up all their personal belongings from the office on Friday (today) and resume at the NLC secretariat, Agodi Gate, in Ibadan on Monday.
The unions also enjoined pensioners in the state to participate.
The statement condemned the recent attack of the NLC President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, in Imo.
They added that the unions will continue to defend the welfare and rights of workers in the state and across the country.
“We, the Oyo State Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), stand united and strongly condemn in totality the recent attack on the National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress by the Nigerian Police in Imo State on Wednesday 2nd November 2023 by the hopeless Government of Hope Uzodinma and Police Force.
“We view this egregious incident as an affront to the fundamental rights and liberties of the Nigerian labour force and an alarming manifestation of the tyrannical tendencies displayed by some state governments towards the labour movement.
“In conclusion, we, the Oyo State NLC and TUC, wish to make it clear that we will not take this attack on the National President of the NLC or any Labour Leader lightly. We stand resolute in our commitment to defending the rights and welfare of workers in Oyo State and throughout Nigeria.
“After the expiration of the ultimatum served on the state government, who are yet to proffer lasting solution to our grievances, all workers should pick all their personal belongings from office on Friday 3rd November 2023 and pensioners in the state are to resume at NLC Secretariat Agodi Gate on Monday 6th November 2023 for the largest congress in the history of Oyo state for further directive,” the statement read.