Osun workers call off strike

Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola
Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola

The Joint Labour Unions in Osun on Saturday called off their three-day-old strike embarked upon on Wednesday after meeting with the State Government officials.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the labour unions, led by the state Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Jacob Adekomi, agreed to call off the strike after the state government acceded to some of their demands and a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed.

Addressing journalists after signing the MoU, Mr. Adekomi said the state government has agreed to pay workers full salary for the month of December from the N6.3 billion Paris Club Refund received from the federal government.

He also said Governor Rauf Aregbesola has approved the release of N1 billion to cover bond certificate of civil servants that retired on contributory pension scheme, while pensioners would now be paid full pension henceforth.

He said the government has equally lifted embargo on promotion, confirmation of appointments, advancement and inter-cadre conversions and yearly increment with immediate effect.

Mr. Adekomi however said the payment of full salaries and pension would commence by the second quarter of 2018.

He said that modalities for subsequent payment of salaries and pensions between January 2018 and second quarter of the year would be addressed by the standing committee on apportionment, payment of salaries and critical expenses.

While appreciating the governor for acceding to their demands, the chairman promised that civil servants in the state would continue to discharge their duties effectively.

Mr. Adekomi, therefore, called on workers to resume work after the New Year celebration.

Speaking on behalf of the government, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, lauded the workers for their sacrifice, understanding and perseverance, saying that the workers have been supportive.

Mr. Oyetola said the state government was also not happy with paying modulated salary to the workers, stressing that the governor was very committed to the welfare of workers.

NAN recalls that the Joint Labour Unions in Osun called for an indefinite strike on Dec. 22, to press home their demands from the state government.

The industrial action which commenced on Wednesday paralysed all government operations in the state.


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