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Kwara Strike: We can only pay salaries if we accept Labour’s request – Gov AbdulRazaq

Kwara Strike: We can only pay salaries if we accept Labour’s request – Gov AbdulRazaq 


Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said on Tuesday that the treasury is too lean to accommodate all that the demand of labour unions.

He added that the request would consume its resources

AbdulRazaq said while the government was willing to pay the minimum wage, as had been enacted by the legislature, it could not afford the huge chunk that would go into paying the consequential adjustments for the senior cadres.

“If we accede to the request of the Labour, we will not be able to do any other thing than paying workers. Our schools have collapsed; the basic health facilities need to be fixed, and we need to do much more for the rest of the population too,” the governor said when he visited the dilapidated Banni Community Secondary School in Ilorin.

Meanwhile, shortly after the labour unions told the workers to begin strike yesterday, the government said it had obtained an injunction stopping the strike.

NLC state Chairman Comrade Aliyu Issa-Ore expressed satisfaction about the level of compliance by the workers.

He urged them not to be discouraged by alleged attacks on their leaders by suspected thugs, saying they should remain peaceful and law-abiding during and after the strike.

The government had warned against embarking on the strike, reminding workers “of the provisions of public service rules.”





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