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Osun Workers Declare Strike Over Unpaid Salaries

Posted: May 26, 2015 at 9:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Gbenga Faturoti, Osogbo


This is not the best of times for Nigerians, as fuel scarcity bites harder in Osun State like other parts of the country, with a litre of petrol costing as much as N300 while a litre of diesel now costs N200. This is even as public workers in the state have declared an indefinite strike over the non-payment of salaries, pensions and allowances.

Osun State chaptr chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Jacob Babatunde Adekomi, handed down the directive while addressing newsmen in Osogbo, Osun State capital, Monday.

Adekomi, who said that the strike was declared at the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum issued to the state government by the labour movement in the state, maintained that the strike is total adding that workers would not resume work until all their demands are met.

Adekomi said among others that the state government is owing the workers six months salaries and pension to retired people in the state. They were also demanding for letter of 2013 promotion exercise carried out by government as well as none remittance of the contributory pension scheme.

According to him, “we therefore directed that the indefinite strike action commenced by all the workers in the state as from Tuesday 26th May, 2015 due to the failure of the government to accede to our legitimate demands.

Meanwhile, the scarcity of petrol in the state forced school pupils trek long distances to their various schools as the commercial bus drivers withdrew their buses from the road because of the scarcity of petrol.

The major roads of Osogbo and places like Ilesa, Iwo, Ikirun, Gbongan, Ile-Ife were deserted while few vehicles that ply the roads were fully loaded of passenger. The development has also forced the cost of transportation fare up by more than 100 percent as a drop of taxi and mini bus which normally cost N30 before the scarcity of petrol now cost betweenN70 and N100.

All Commercial banks in the state closed offices against their customers by 1:00pm due to petrol scarcity.