ORGANISED Labour and Oyo State Government weekend continued to flex muscles as Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Oyo State Council, directed teachers in the state to ignore the order by Governor Abiola Ajimobi that public secondary schools should reopen today.
The governor, through the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Toye Arulogun, announced that all schools except 17 whose pupils destroyed government property should reopen.
But, a counter-directive by the state chairman of NLC, Waheed Olojede, contended that although it had no power over the schools, teachers in the state would stay away from the schools until the government acceded to the workers’ demands
According to Olojede: “We have received invitation from government to a meeting on Tuesday at the office of the Head of Service to the state government, and we are prepared to attend the meeting. We have resolved that government should inaugurate the two committees on labour and salaries on Tuesday and to commence work immediately. Our strike began before the closure of schools so there is no link between the two. Teachers should not entertain any fear about their job. The strike is still on. We were not party to the closure of schools, so we don’t know anything about the government’s decision to reopen the schools”
“This reopening of schools does not in any way affect the ongoing strike in the state. Our struggle towards payment of arrears of salaries and pensions for workers and pensioners in the state is still potent and intact. The entire workers in the state, teachers in particular, will not return to work. They should wait for the directive from the national NLC that asked them out of work since June 16, 2016. Under no circumstance should any worker go to work until otherwise directed by labour leaders in the state.”