Let Reason Prevail Over Strike Action

Kindly permit me a space in your widely-read newspaper to express my views on the on-going workers’ industrial action embarked upon by workers in the employ of Osun State government.
As a prelude, the two parties to the crisis must understand that such occurrence as the industrial strike action remains part of the tools normally adopted by workers worldwide while trying to press home their legitimate demands. It is also a common tool by workers in most advanced economies and democracies the world over.
However, while industrial strike action remains the legitimate right of the workers, it must also be noted that the overall interest of the common man on the street must be taken into consideration by the two parties in the crisis.
It must also be noted that the state government is there to protect our collective interest and at the same time ensure that the wheel of governance continue to move unhindered.
Within the past few days that the industrial action started, the usual N300 million believed to be the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for the state on monthly basis would be lost, should the strike action continue unabated. It is therefore in the interest of all the stakeholders to ensure that the resources of the state continue to be on the increase.
My special appeal therefore, goes to the state workers and the state government under Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on the need to shift grounds in the overall interest of the masses that form the bulk of the state population.
Our traditional rulers should also intervene in the lingering crisis to forestall any unpleasant consequences in the overall interest of the masses.

•Kolade Adewole, Alekunwodo, Osogbo.

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