Investigations have shown that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State had hijacked the struggle of workers in the state, using it as a means of destabilising the administration of Mr. Rauf Aregbesola.
It was gathered that all efforts to make labour leaders in the state to see reasons with the government on the issue of minimum wage failed, because they (Labour leaders) enjoyed the backing of the PDP hierarchy, to make the state ungovernable.
Various negotiations between the state government and labour leaders had hit brickwall, as the latter refused to compromise, despite government shifting its ground for the third time since the negotiations commenced.
Findings revealed that prior to the inauguration of Mr. Rauf Aregbesola-led administration in the state, the PDP, through the state Head of Service, Elder SegunAkinwusiand the then Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji FataiAkinbade, infiltrated the labour union leadership, imposing their stooges on the unions.
The case between the factional leaders of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in the state and that of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is still pending before court, where the aggrieved faction is seeking redress on the matters.
It was gathered that the PDP used the imposed leaders to break the rank and file of the unions and subdue the struggle of the unionduring the administration of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
The same set of leaders were said to be acting under the influence of their benefactors, to frustrate Aregbesola, so that he would be unable to deliver dividends of democracy to the teeming populace of the state, as they insisted that government should use funds meant for developmental project to pay wages.
Checks revealed that one of the labour leaders was traced to the dwelling house of a PDP chieftain, whose ambition of becoming a governor was thwarted and is looking for all means to discredit the present administration in the state.
One of the plans of the union leaders was to incite their members against Aregbesola by presenting him as being anti-workers, which explained the manner the TUC chairman, Comrade Francis Adetunji presented the state government’s position at their Fakunle Grammar School congress, after discussion with state government representatives.
He emphasised that the governor was deviant on the position of workers, when he called-in from Mecca, where he was performing the lesser hajj, creating the impression that his call halted the progress of the negotiation, a situation that further infuriated the workers against the governor.
Besides, the medium gathered that the opposition party, which had been looking for a means of attacking Aregbesola, seized the opportunity of the industrial crisis, to infiltrate the state work force, with a view to paralyzing government activities in the state.
So far, the trick seems to be working, as the labour leaders had succeeded in pitching the labour force against the state government, refusing all the proposals of the government, pushing the strike into its fourth week.
Also, the labour leaders had refused to present facts to back its claim, that the state governmenthave sufficient funds to pay the new wage across board, as they demanded on various occasions, when journalists requested for proof.
They (labour) accused the government of trying to give junior workers undeserved compensation at the detriment of senior civil servants.
At their congress at Fakunle Area of the state capital last Friday, after the state government had agreed to pay N19,001 to the least paid workers, the labour leaders vowed to continue staying at home until the government pays senior servants, even if it means removing the additional N1,000 it added to the least paid worker.