NLC Begins Nationwide Protest Over Killing Of Colleagues In Nasarawa

NLC 3The National Labour Congress (NLC) has staged a nationwide protest over the alleged killing of their colleagues in Nasarawa by security personnel.

The protest saw all labour members wear a Black Hand band to mourn the deceased workers who were killed on July 29.

During the protest in Katsina led by the NLC State Chairman, Comrade Tanimu Saulawa, the immediate past Labour chairman, Katsina State chapter, Comrade Aliyyu Mutazu called on the government to hang the security personnel involved in the killing of two workers in Nasarawa state.

Meanwhile, in Imo state, the NLC Chairman, Austin Chilakpu condemned the action of the security personnel and sympathised with the families of those affected.

In Osun, the labour members gathered to pray for the deceased members.

The Osun State NLC Chairman, Jacob Adekomi called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to present members of the police force for psychiatric tests to avoid further occurrence of extra judicial killings of innocent people.

Members of the Union in Cross River State were not left out as they took the protest march from the Freedom Park, by Botanical Garden in Calabar, the state capital to major streets in the metropolis.

In July, two members of the NLC were killed at the Government House in Lafia while waiting for the outcome of a meeting between Governor Tanko Al-Makura and the labour union, over the implementation of a new salary template, which prompted them to embark on an indefinite strike.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), has, however vowed to prosecute anyone found culpable in the alleged killings.

A statement by the Chief Information Officer of the Commission, Mrs Fatimah Mohammed, the Commission said it would also ensure that the families of the slain persons as well as the injured ones would be appropriately compensated.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) led by its president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba had filed a petition before the commission over the alleged killing of two Nasarawa State government workers by the police urging it to thoroughly investigate the matter and bring the culprits to book.

NLC Affirms Osun Govt Not Owing Salaries

NLC-Osun-SalariesNLC says the relationship between workers and the Osun State government is very cordial.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Osun State chapter, Jacob Adekomi, told Channels Television in Osogbo that the government has lived up to the agreement reached on salary payment.

He said that so far, the workers have received their take home pay up till January 2016 in line with the disbursed allocation from the Federal Government.

Mr Adekomi added that the bailout fund received by the state government in 2015 was clearly monitored by the NLC, to ensure that the fund was used to pay salaries of workers owed from January to June, 2015.

He admitted that although the retirees were not captured when the fund was requested for, he disclosed that the union unanimously agreed that the retirees should be a beneficiary of the bailout fund and the state government carried it out.

Based on the agreement reached with the state government, according to the union chairman, workers on Grade level 1-7 ‎got full salaries while workers on Grade level 8 and above received half of their pay pending when the economy of the state improves.

This he said was arrived at by the committee setup comprising of government officials and the NLC, to work on the modality of payment of salaries to avoid chaos.

Adekomi added that the civil service was peaceful as workers and retirees have received their salaries and pensions for the month of January while they await the Federal Allocation for the month of February ‎.

Osun Doctors Suspend Six Months Strike

Osun doctorsActivities are beginning to pick up at all the government hospitals in Osun State following the suspension of the over 6 months strike by doctors.

A visit by Channels Television to the state university teaching hospital Asubiaro in Osogbo, the state capital showed that doctors were back to their desks attending to patients.

The doctors, under the aegis of Osun State Association of Medical and Dental Officers (OSAMDO) said that the decision to suspend the strike was because of the people.

The doctors had been on strike to protest the non-payment of their salaries and other emoluments for over four months.

Several protests had been held as the doctors tried to press home their demands.

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The South West caucus of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) also threatened at a time to embark on systematic solidarity strike across the South-west states.

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) said that it would exploit every means to protect its members against what it described as ‘unjust treatment’ by the Osun State government.

Osun Workers Demand Full Salary Payment

NLC 3The Osun State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has demanded for full payment of modulated salaries of the workers on level eight and above from the State Government.

The leadership of the NLC made the demand at an emergency meeting between Labour and the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State on Saturday.

‎Addressing reporters at the end of the meeting, Chairman of the Osun State chapter of the NLC, Jacob Adekomi, said that the Labour leaders at no time, signed any agreement with the government on a 50 per cent take home pay for workers on level eight and above.

Mr Adekomi said that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) entered into by Labour with the government on July 13, 2015, ‎was based on the prevailing circumstance bothering on paucity of funds at that time.

He noted that ‎the Osun State workforce has shown much understanding to the financial challenges of the government, but queried government’s commitment to the said agreement.

The Labour Leader maintained that since government is able to pay workers on grade level 1-7 full salaries,workers on grade level 8-17 would no longer be disposed to ‎collecting half salaries.

He called on the government to put its house in order and commence full implementation of various accumulated allowances of workers in Osun State to avert another round of industrial upheaval in the state.

Labour Reaches Truce With Osun As Payment Of Salaries Begin

Rauf-Aregbesola_Osun-election-resultLabour leaders and the Osun State Government have agreed to mend fences as payment of outstanding salaries for its workers as well as payment of deductions made from their salaries till June commences.

Both parties after reaching an agreement that the bailout fund will be used to offset all the outstanding workers’ salaries signed a new Memorandum of Understanding.

Addressing journalists ‎shortly after the meeting comprising of all labour union leaders in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, NLC State Chairman, Jacob Adekomi, explained that the payment covers arrears of March, April and May 2015 salaries for state workers and April, May, June for local government workers and primary school teachers.

Adekomi who further ‎noted that the deductions from September and December salaries as well as balance of January and February salaries will also be paid and that pensioners will also get their entitlements.

The Chief of Staff to the Osun State Government, Gboyega Oyetola said both parties are working out modalities to aid the Internally Generated Revenue to avoid a re-occurrence of non-payment of salaries.

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.

Osun State Workers Resume Industrial Action

osun state-NLCWorkers in Osun State have resumed an industrial action they suspended on Monday, as directed by their leadership, to push for full implementation of an agreement reached with the government.

Channels Television’s correspondent reported that a ‎visit to the State High Court and State Specialist Hospital, however, revealed that the offices were opened for work with no workers in sight while the State Government Secretariat, Abeere and schools in the town that were opened on Tuesday were under lock and key.

The Labour Union had on Monday suspended ‎the six-weeks old strike after signing an agreement with the State Government to pay the January and February salaries arrears of workers.

‘Betrayal Of Trust’

Reports from some of the civil servants, who requested that their identity should be withheld, showed that only workers on grade level 1-7 received full January Salary while those on grade level eight and above received half payment, as against the agreement reached.

Labour leaders described the act as ‘betrayal of trust’.

Angered by what  he called a breach of agreement, the State Chairman of ‎the Nigerian Labour congress (NLC), Jacob Adekomi, directed workers to resume the strike.

Osun NLC Down Tools As Government Fails To Comply With Demands

NLCAll is not well between the Osun State Government and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state, as the Labour Union declares an indefinite strike to press home its demands.

The workers are demanding for the payment of their six months salaries and allowances that the government owed them.

They have also raised concerns over the non -payment of pension, remittance of their Check Off Dues and non-release of promotion letters since 2013 among others.

According to the union leaders, the resolve to down tools was made after the expiration of the 14 days ultimatum given to the State Government, to meet their demands of non.

Addressing reporters on Monday in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, the NLC State Chairman, Jacob Adekomi, said the strike action was declared after 18 out of the 28 industrial unions in the state signed in agreement to down tools.

Mr Adekomi also highlighted the demands of the unions and called for the swift intervention of the State Government in resolving the disputes he described as “a looming crisis”.

He vowed to pursue their demands to a logical conclusion and directed workers to stay off their duty posts until their demands were met by the State Government.