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Osun Labour Leaders Refuse To Call Off Strike

Posted: Jul 9, 2015 at 12:05 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Gbenga Faturoti, Osogbo

LABOUR leaders in Osun State are unable to reach agreement with the government on when to call off the six-week-old strike declared over the delay of salaries and allowances.

It would be recalled that state government summoned the labour leaders in the state following Federal Government’s recent bailout.

The government’s negotiation team, led by the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, had invited the labour leaders, directing them to suspend the strike since the FG had rescued the state and that in no distant time, fund would be available for salaries.

But, the labour leaders insisted that they would not call off the strike if the government did not pay part of the arrears.

At this junction, the government’s team said it has a little above N2 billion which the labour leaders felt was insufficient to pay a month’s salaries.

The government would require nothing less than N3.6 billion to settle a month’s salary.

All efforts by the government team to make the labour leaders call off the strike failed.

It was learnt that the labour leaders told the government’s team that they would meet with other stakeholders to brief them of the situation before they could suspend the strike.

The government’s team then allowed them to do so, and since Wednesday July 8, 2015, all the labour leaders had been elusive and could not be reached by the government’s team through their mobile lines and contacts.