Striking workers in Ondo State on Thursday rejected a call by the state government to return to work without payment of their five months salaries, saying they will stay away from work until the government meets their demands.
A meeting of the labour unions and the government on Thursday ended without a resolution of the dispute.
It was gathered that the government, during the four-hour meeting, urged the unions to return to work, promising to pay salaries as soon as the finances of the state improves.
But the unions insisted that there would be no work until the state government is ready to pay salaries.
The leadership of the workers’ union directed workers to continue with their strike until the state government meets their demand.
Speaking with journalists after the meeting, the Chairman of the Joint Negotiating Committee ( JNC) Sunday Adeleye, said since the government was not ready to yield to the demands of labour, the strike would continue indefinitely.
Also, the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Bosede Daramola, dismissed insinuation that labour rejected government’s offer of two months salaries, noting that the state government did not make such proposal.
Mrs. Daramola also denied the rumour that the state government was proposing payment of 50 percent of workers monthly salaries.
She urged state workers to remain resolute and stay away from their offices until the industrial action was called off.
The meeting was attended by the governor, Olusegun Mimiko, the Deputy governor, Head of Service, Chief of Staff, Special Adviser on unions matters, the state Attorney General, Information Commissioner, local government affairs commissioner and some other top government functionaries.
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