Striking Ogun State workers on Wednesday evening suspended their 10-day strike, with a promise to resume work Thursday.
The suspension was said to have been as a result of intervention by some traditional rulers, House of Assembly, retired heads of Service and Permanent Secretaries.
The Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council in conjunction with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) had called on workers to shun work following the failure by the state government to address their grievances, including salary deductions, contributory pension and issues about gratuity.
A statement announcing the suspension of the strike said:
“Following the intervention of the Ogun State House of Assembly led by the Rt. Hon. (Prince) Suraj Adekumbi, the Paramount Rulers in the State, His Royal Majesty(HRM) Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba (Dr) Sikiru Kayode Adetona; the Alake of Egbaland, His Royal Majesty Oba (Dr) Michael Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo; the Olu of Ilaro, Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, His Royal Highness, Oba (Dr) Kehinde Olugbenle and other monarchs as well as respectable and eminent citizens, across the State especially the Association of Retired Heads of Service and Permanent Secretaries on the ongoing industrial action called by the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council in conjunction with the Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) -the organized labour at its emergency meeting held at the TUC secretariat today, Wednesday, 16th March, 2016 resolved to suspend the strike action with immediate effect as mark of respect for the above mentioned institution and the prominent’, personalities in the State,” the statement reads.
The workers said the suspension of the strike was to give room for negotiations between the labour and the state government within 14 days.
“The organized labour appreciates the steadfastness and the overwhelming support received from our teeming members and the timely interventions from the state’s well-meaning citizens here mentioned as well as the understanding members of the public while the industrial action lasted,” the labour leaders emphasised.
The statement was signed by the leadership of various affiliation associations which include, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, chairman, Akeem Ambali; Olakanmi Abiodun (State Chairman, JNC); Fajobi Olubunmi (State Chairman, Trade Union Congress); Ayuba Olatunji (State Chairman, NULGE) and Adebiyi Olusegun (Council Secretary, JNC).
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