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We’re Not Afraid Of Arrest, Detention -Ogun workers

Posted: Mar 9, 2016 at 2:59 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)

Laide Raheem

Abeokuta

The striking civil servants in Ogun State, yesterday declared that they would not be deterred by the threat of being arrested and detained by the state government because of the ongoing strike embarked upon by them since Monday.

The state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Akeem Ambali, stated this yesterday when he spoke at the mega rally held by the workers at the NLC Secretariat on Abiola Way, Abeokuta.

Scores of civil servants including local government workers and labour leaders, were present at the rally where speeches and solidarity songs were sung.

Ambali disclosed further that the workers would next Monday, march to the Secretariat at Oke Mosan, to hold another peaceful mega rally adding they would be not deterred by the presence of law enforcement agents.

“On Monday all of us will march to Oke Mosan, let him bring one million police or soldiers, we are to go force to force.

“If he arrests us today, we are ready to go to cell, we are not afraid of detention.

“The issue of saying they have opened registers is illegal. The Secretary to the State Government has not called us for dialogue. The government should have the political will to invite us. If they invite today, we are going to dialogue with them.

“We will not allow what is happening to workers in Osun and Oyo states to happen in Ogun state.” Ambali said.

Also addressing the workers, the state Chairman of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council , Abiodun Olakanmi?, described the ‘no work no pay’ threat from the government as a fallacy, arguing that it should be the reverse ‘no pay no work.’

He said it was not as if the workers were asking for salary raise, but were only demanding for the unremitted deductions made from their salary.

His words: “…We are not asking for any addition to our salary, all we are asking is for government to pay the unremitted deductions made from our salary.

“What we are asking for is the payment of gratuities, and pension. And until they pay all deductions, the strike continues. It is no pay no work. Their no pay no work is a fallacy…”

Olasunkanmi added thay the workers would continue to meet every Monday to review the strike action, and develop new strategies.

The state chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers, Dare Ilekoya, who also spoke at the rally, remarked “I have been inundated with reports from some teachers that they could no longer pay their children’s school fees, because their parents, were being owed salary. “How do you expect such teachers to work consciously in their school?.”

The state president, Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools, Akeem Lasisi, called on the state government to pay the workers deductions made from their salary to enable them meet their financial obligations.

Daily Independent recalls that the state Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council had ordered the workers to proceed on indefinite strike from Monday, based on the failure of the government to honour the Memorandum of Understanding it signed with the tripartite group of state labour leaders, and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment on January 25 this year.