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Osun Workers Declare Fresh Strike

Posted: Jul 14, 2015 at 8:35 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Gbenga Faturoti, Osogbo

Barely 24 hours after the labour unions suspended a seven-week strike in Osun State, workers in the employ of the state government have declared another strike.

The labour leaders declared a fresh strike when they discovered that only 50 per cent of salaries was paid to workers on Grade Level 8 and above.

?The workers, under the umbrella of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had suspended the strike after signing a memorandum of understanding on Monday, detailing how they wanted their salaries to be paid.

Soon after, there were complaints that only 50 per cent of salaries were paid to workers on Grade Level 8 and above.

Chairman of the state chapter of the NLC, Jacob Adekomi, in a television announcement monitored on Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Osogbo, on Tuesday evening, said workers should not resume as earlier directed.

Meanwhile the state government has appealed to workers for calm and understanding over the financial predicament of the state.

In a statement signed by the media aide to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, government said, “The attention of the State Government of Osun has been drawn to a growing discontent among workers in the state on the partial payment of salary to workers from Grade Level 08 and above.

“The Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, wishes to appeal for calm and understanding from all workers in the state.

“Government wishes to state that it realised the need to accommodate our senior citizens, the pensioners, within the limited funds available, in order to ensure an all-inclusive payment that will alleviate the hardship that the delay in salaries and pensions had caused. It should be noted that happiness never decreases by being shared.

“We are committed to meeting our obligations to the workers as more funds become available to settle such. This period calls for deep understanding of our challenges and we appeal to all and sundry for cooperation in this regard.”