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Aregbesola Begins Salaries’ Payment, As Workers Resume

Posted: Jul 14, 2015 at 8:58 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Workers in Osun State on Monday ended their six weeks strike after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the state government to put an end to the industrial action.
The state government under Rauf Aregbesola has been having running battle with the workers over inability of government to pay their salaries for seven months.

However, labour leaders at the end of the meeting with government representatives at the Governor’s Office in Osogbo decided to end the strike and called on civil servants in the state to resume work on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, government on Monday commenced the payment of backlog of workers’ salaries starting with January and February, 2015 for state workers and March and April, 2015 for Local

Government workers.
Other ongoing payments included that of primary school teachers; balance of pensions for state government for November 2014; outstanding pensions for 2015 January and February for retired primary school teachers and March 2015 pensions for retired Local Government staff.

The MoU was signed between the state government and the state chapters of Joint Public Service Negotiating Councils (JPSNC), Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

NLC Chairman in the state, Comrade Jacob Adekomi, who spoke on behalf of other labour leaders pointed out that labour, in ending the strike, considered the parlous financial situation of the state arising from decline in monthly federal allocations and dwindling Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) which led to non-payment of six months’
The NLC chairman added that government and labour therefore agreed to sign an MoU in anticipation of the various efforts to be put in place to end the delay in payments.
He added that the strike was suspended to show appreciation to the state government’s commitment to the welfare of its workers, having in mind the need to collect data towards the completion of the critical verification exercise of workers and retirees in the entire public service.
Adekomi explained that committees will be put in place comprising representatives of government and labour unions who will embark on the screening exercise of all categories of workers and pensioners in the state.
According to him: “The MoU we are signing today is agreed to by both parties taking due cognizance of the present parlous financial situation of the state government, on an interim basis, as a condition precedent to suspending the strike action.?
“Committees will be set up according to the MOU aimed at screening, determination of the actual wage bill, and workers in the employment of the state, the actual number and actual monthly pensions’ bills of both Local Governments’ and State Government Pensioners.”
Besides, ?Adekomi assured workers that government and labour leaders would meet to fashion out modalities of payment for the remaining four months from the various efforts aimed at ending the crisis.