Union raises concern over delayed wage-award payment in Oyo

The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), Oyo State chapter, has expressed dismay over the delay in receiving the state government’s wage award promised by Governor Seyi Makinde.

Following a protest in Ibadan, the union, led by the state Secretary, Ibrahim Muhammed, said that since the announcement of the wage award promised by Governor Seyi Makinde, workers across the state were eagerly anticipating their alerts.

However, employees at Pacesetter Transport Service reported not receiving their payments, prompting the union to take action.

Muhammed said: “Workers started getting their alerts on Thursday evening, but it was unfortunate that workers from Pacesetter Transport Service have not received the alert till now.”

Meanwhile, Chairman and Sole Administrator of Oyo State Pacesetters Transport Services, Dikko Salami, acknowledged the workers’ concerns and attributed the delay to bureaucratic processes in government.

He said he understood the level of the protest, given Makinde’s commitment to paying a N25,000 wage award for all public servants.

Salami assured workers of immediate relief, stating: “As a way of ensuring that the whole situation is salvaged, we released an amount of N10,000 each to the workers. Probably when we receive the whole supplementary bill, then we will refund it back.”

Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Oyo State, Kayode Martins, who played a reconciliatory role, confirmed that the issue had been resolved.

He urged state to promptly address wage-related matters to prevent similar situations and confrontations in resolving labour disputes.

“The Oyo NLC position is that the state government should please arrest the situation in good time,” he said.

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