Senator representing Osun Central Senatorial District, Professor Sola Adeyeye had asked workers in Osun State to champion the collective interest of Osun State, saying that they should be ready to juggle figures with the government with a view to working on the development of the state together.
In a statement issued by the legislative Assistant to the Senator, Mr. Odun Ayeni, the University don-turned-politician, made the statement while distributing Ramadan gifts to some Muslim faithful who are loyalists of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) of Osun Central extraction in Osogbo last week.
Senator Adeyeye stressed that Osun State needs industrial harmony this time around in order to catalyze the integral action plans of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, saying that the workers should not be adamant on their own generated figures, but should be able to reason with the government on the economic reality of the state.
The lawmaker further urged the government to engage the leadership of the workforce in negotiation, before opposition parties introduced cynicism to the strike action, noting that all parties in the negotiation should be ready for compromise in the name of progress.
According to him, “Our people in Osun state do not want the workforce that would impede the developmental plans of Governor Rauf Aregbesola. What they want was positive forces that would enhance the delivery of good governance promised, and I am convinced that the workforce in Osun State would not serve as impediment.”
Besides, Adeyeye blamed the government at the centre for creating industrial hitches for the state without taking the economic peculiarity of each state into cognizance, arguing that, it was the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that made the minimum wage issue an electioneering jamboree.
The lawmaker then argued that the reason for Federal Government’s re-negotiation with workers after President Goodluck Jonathan had signed the wage bill to law was a demonstration of poor federal structure.
“In a standard federal structure, an individual state would be left to negotiate with its workers, not that some politicians would just sit at the centre to determine what happens to Ekiti or Osun State, but cynicism of the PDP had come to play on the minimum wage crisis.
It would be recalled that the workforce in Osun State had embarked on strike action as a result of its disagreement with the government on the wage table presented by the latter, which submitted to paying N18,000 to workers on salaries grade levels 01-07, while other levels would be graduated in prorated.
However, the leadership of the workers had drawn the battle-line with the government, arguing that the new wage should be paid across board.