Workers and pensioners in Oyo State, Nigeria, staged a protest by locking the state secretariat in Ibadan. They demanded palliatives, a review of pension allowances, and payment of salary deductions.
The protesters were from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), and their affiliates.
Led by their union leaders, they also demanded payment of leave bonuses, gratuities to retirees who have stagnated since the year 2021, and the release of promotion letters for the years 2021 and 2022.
The protest was peaceful but caused a disruption in the normal activities at the state secretariat. The workers carried placards with various inscriptions such as “Pay our deductions”, “Review our pensions”, “Release our promotion letters”, among others. They chanted solidarity songs as they marched around the secretariat complex.
The state government is yet to respond to the demands of the workers. However, it is expected that negotiations will commence soon to address the issues raised by the workers. The protest has brought to light the challenges faced by workers and pensioners in Oyo State and it remains to be seen what actions will be taken to address their grievances.
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