Osun NLC Suspends Strike Again, Recalls Workers

osun workers strike-nlcThe Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Osun State has again suspended its ongoing eight weeks industrial action, with a call on Workers to resume work immediately.

The workers union ended the strike after it singed another Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU) with the State government at the Governors Office in Abere, Osun State.

The Chairman of the NLC in Osun State, Jacob Adekomi, explained that the agreement contained a promise to pay workers the salary for February 2015, with effect from August 3, while the balance of the fraction payment made to level eight and above would be returned.

Adekomi said that the decision to suspend the industrial action was in the interest of the state workforce and the State government, believing that the government would live up to its part of the agreement.

While directing all the workers to resume with immediate effect, the NLC Chairman maintained that the state government had renewed its commitment to full employment ‎and not retrenchment of its workforce.

The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola, said that the government had never reneged on its agreement. He also explained that the industrial action was due to shortfall in the Federal Allocation which was not peculiar to the state alone.

Last week, the Labour Leaders resolved to continue with the strike until the State government fulfilled its part of the agreement contained in the MoU.

However, the Chairman of the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), Bayo Adejumo, maintained that workers would not return to work until the full payment of January and February salary was implemented.

Unpaid Salaries: Osun Workers To Resume Strike

osun strikeLabour leaders in Osun State, South-west Nigeria, have resolved to continue with the on-going industrial action until the state government fulfills all the points raised in the agreement reached in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed with the workers on payment of the two months salaries.

Speaking on the position of the union after hours of meeting, the state Chairman of the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), Bayo Adejumo, maintained that workers will not return to work until the full payment of January and February salary is implemented.

The labour leaders said they have reached a decision on the way forward for the Osun workforce and have also taken a position on what they termed as “breach of agreement” on the state governments part having signed a Memorandum of Understanding with government to offset two out of the seven months unpaid salaries.

It is said that the decision on who to read the resolution of the labour leaders became a difficulty before the Chairman of the JNC read it out, and was silent on whether the strike continues or is suspended.

Earlier this month, there was an agreement between the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Osun State Government as the 6-weeks strike embarked upon had been suspended.

The Chairman of the Union, Jacob Adekomi, said that the Union agreed to suspend the strike as government has fulfilled its part by paying the two months arrears.