Workers in Ogun State have asked the state government to stop further deductions from their salaries.
The workers also accused the state government of lying about the resolutions reached at the meeting between the workers’ unions and the state government on Friday.
The Secretary to State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, had after the Friday meeting issued a statement that the two parties agreed that, henceforth, salary of workers would be paid with the provision of Bank Verification Number, BVN. The statement was silent of other things ‘agreed’ at the meeting.
However, the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council of workers on Sunday issued a counter statement, disclosing that government took a rigid position on how the issues would be resolved, but the workers rejected it.
The statement signed by Akeem Ambali (NLC Chairman), Olakanmi Abiodun (Chairman JNC), Olubunmi Fajobi (TUC Chairman), and Olusegun Adebiyi (Council Secretary) declared that the government’s position was not accepted at the meeting.
The labour leaders said since the workers were being owed salary arrears and balance payments of some past salaries, they should be the ones to decide which should be paid first and not the government.
They said government should rather be more compassionate and devise means of offsetting the arrears of both gratuities and balance of salaries within the shortest possible time.
“A situation where government now posited it is not disposed to using part of the expected reimbursement from the Federal Government to offsetting balance of salary is grossly absurd.
“This stands in contravention to labour’s position that part of the huge reimbursement about to be received from Abuja could equally be deployed to pay arrears of balances of salaries.”
The labour leaders also asked the government not to punish any worker desirous of withdrawing his/her membership of the staff cooperative society.
“Conclusively, labour hopes that the state government would be more realistic and be more committed to peaceful and amicable resolution to the impasse and not necessarily continue to fire the embers of disagreement which constitute an open invitation to more trouble and industrial unrest in the Ogun State Public Service.”
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