WE SOLIDARISE WITH THE 2-DAY WARNING STRIKE OF OGUN STATE WORKERS OVER MINIMUM WAGE IMPLEMENTATION
We of the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN), Ogun State, express solidarity with the organised labour in Ogun State on the decision to embark on a two-day warning strike from 19th to 20th December, 2019 if its demand for a negotiation committee on the minimum wage was not met by the state government.
We call on the Ogun State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) to stand firm and go ahead with the planned warning strike without compromise. To ensure a successful strike, we challenge the labour leadership to immediately commence mobilisation of workers across the state through congress and meetings at workplaces. The warning strike action itself should not be seen as a sit-at-home strike. Public activities like mass rallies, processions and protests should be organized on the two days of the warning strike in order ensure sensitization of the public about the demands of workers. We also demand an urgent meeting of trade unions, Socialists and civil society groups to review the success of the 2-day warning strike and begin immediate preparation for an indefinite action starting January 2nd as declared by the labour centres.
We commend the leadership of the Ogun State Chapter of organised labour for their steadfastness and urge them not to waver on the strike mandate by the emergency Joint Congress of organized labour in the state. We also urge the labour leaders to include in their demands outstanding issues including unremitted deductions from union dues and pension; backlog of unpaid workers’ salaries at TASCE as well as the reinstatement of the immediate past chairman of the NLC comrade Ambali who was unjustly sacked by the immediate past APC government for leading legitimate struggles of workers.
We condemn the neglect and refusal of the Ogun State government to set up a negotiation committee that would determine the consequential adjustments of the newly signed wage law. We also condemn the Ogun state government for deliberately ignoring the letters and various calls of the organized labour in Ogun State for the constitution of the negotiation committee.
We support the call of the unions in Ogun State that if the Ogun State government fails to accede to the workers’ demands, it would embark an indefinite strike on January 2, 2020. We are of the view that it is only through determined struggle that minimum wage implementation without retrenchment can be won.
We call on the labour movement in Ogun State and Nigeria at large to build a genuine working class political alternative to all the anti-poor ruling elite parties that can lead a successful struggle for socialist transformation of Nigeria under a workers and poor people’s government which would galvanise the resources of society to provide free and functional public education, healthcare and living wage among others. The SPN is a step along this line and we call on workers, students and youth to join us.
Acting National Chairperson