Friday, December 22, 2017

Workers Declare Strike Over Half Salary In Osun




Following the refusal of the Osun State Government to revert to paying their full salary and arrears despite the release of the receipt of the third tranche of N6.3 billion Paris Club loan refund, workers of the state have declared their intention to begin an indefinite strike.

The workers under the aegis of the Osun State Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JPSNC) made the strike notice available in a statement issued on Friday following an emergency meeting of labour leaders on Thursday.

According to The Punch Newspaper, the notice of strike was signed by the Chairman JPSNC, Bayo Adejumo; Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, Tunde Adekomi and the Trade Union Congress Chairman, Bowale Adekola and leaders of various affiliate unions.
The notice read in part, “Consequent upon the refusal of the government of Osun State to accede to the demands of the workers and pensioners as contained in our letter of Tuesday, December 5, 2017, the workers of Osun State will be proceeding on an indefinite strike by 27th December , 2017.”
The workers were further urged to stay at home until they received another directive from the labour leaders concerning the strike.

On Tuesday, the labour leaders had disagreed with Governor Rauf Aregbesola over his insistence on paying November salary with the modulated scheme which makes workers from grade level 08 and above collect between 75 and 50 per cent of their salaries.

The workers had insisted that the state had the financial ability to pay them full salaries, saying  most of them  had been collecting half salaries since September 2015.

But the governor in a statement issued by his Commissioner for Information, Mr. Adelani Baderinwa, pleaded that they should exercise more patience till the state was able to revert to paying full salary.

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