The organised labour in Ekiti State has threatened to mobilise its members for a statewide strike if the management of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) fails to stop the planned mass disengagement of its workers, who constitute their members.
The Union gave the EKSUTH’s management a 14-day ultimatum to find a reasonable way of resolving the issues surrounding the planned sack and also effect the payment of all outstanding salaries, deductions and other benefits to prevent the withdrawal of services by staff of the institution.
Chairmen of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Com Sola Adigun; his counterparts from Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Kolapo Olatunde and Joint Negotiating Council (NJC), Com Kayode Fatomiluyi, spoke in Ado Ekiti on Monday after a closed doors meeting with the hospital management staff. They said the unions were ready to do battle with their ‘armouries’ and ‘ammunitions’ for industrial war to protect and promote the interest of its members. This is coming barely three weeks after the Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti, sacked over 900 workers for alleged irregular appointments, overage and other allegations.
The TUC Chairman Com. Solar Adigun said instead of sacking any staff, the state government should look inwards and increase its internally generated revenue so that subvention to the health institution could be increased.
Mr Kolapo Olatunde, the Chairman NLC however said: “Anything done contrary to the civil service rules will be resisted. Workers are responsible people and would not condone indiscipline, because EKSUTH has no good reason to sack anybody with what we heard.
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