Ondo Strike: Labour, Government Meeting Ends In Deadlock

labourTalks between the Ondo State government ‎and the labour leaders in the state ended in a deadlock on Tuesday, as both parties were not able to come to terms on ending the worker’s industrial action.

The meeting which lasted several hours behind closed doors was held at the Cocoa Conference Hall of the Governor’s Office in Akure, the State Capital.

The government’s team led by the State Head of Civil Service, Toyin Akinkuotu and the State Commissioner for Finance, Yele Ogundipe offered to pay one month out of the six months owed to the workers.

Responding on behalf of the labour leaders, the Chairman, Joint Negotiating Council, Sunday Adeleye, said both parties were yet to reach an agreement and that the strike would continue while negotiations would also commence again on Thursday.

The State government has since June 1 lost several millions of Naira Internally Generated Revenue which is further having adverse effect on the state’s economy.

Mimiko Urges Ondo Workers To End Strike

Ondo, Olusegun Mimiko, WorkersGovernor Olusegun Mimiko has appealed to workers in Ondo State to call off their ‎strike for the interest of the people.

Governor Mimiko made the plea on Thursday while addressing labour leaders at the entrance of the Government House in Akure, the state capital in southwest Nigeria.

He lamented that his inability to pay civil servants’ salaries was due to the present economic recession in Nigeria, which he said led to the drastic reduction of the monthly allocation of funds from the Federal Government.

Governor Mimiko promised ‎to pay up the workers’ salary arrears once the funds are available.

He appealed to the workers to endure and promised that the state government would not retrench any worker.

In her response to the Governor’s request, the Ondo State Chairperson of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Bosede Daramola, lamented that workers could not afford to come to work and were also tired of staying at home.

She insisted that the struggle would continue until the state government pays heed to their request, as the civil servants can no longer bear the sufferings.

This follows the indefinite industrial action embarked on by the entire workforce of Ondo State on Wednesday,  June 8, due to government’s inability to pay their five-month salary arrears.

Unpaid Salaries: Ondo Workers Begin Indefinite Strike

Ondo-State-workers-begin-strikeGovernment workers in Ondo State, western Nigeria, have begun an indefinite strike over five month’s arrears of unpaid salaries.

The workers fully complied with the strike, as all state government offices on Wednesday remained locked, with the whole offices vicinity deserted.

Leaders of the workers were seen going round government offices to enforce the industrial action.

The State Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, Bosede Daramola and that of the Joint Negotiating Council, Sunday Adeleye, told Channels Television that the workers in the state were in serious financial crisis, as most of them could not sustain their financial obligations to their immediate families any longer.

“We have waited patiently. We collaborated with government and participated actively in all the screening exercises to make sure that we have a very clean document to work with.

“At the last meeting we had with the government, they promised to pay us, they paid us the December salary and promised to pay on or before May 31 the outstanding salaries and pensions to our retired officers,” Daramola said, decrying the situation that had affected many of the workers financially.

According to them, they were ready to dialogue with the government but would not resume work until government fulfilled its promise.

Attempts to reach government officials to speak on the issue failed, as they were not available in their offices. Their telephone lines were also switched off.

Meanwhile, there are reports that Governor Olusegun Mimiko, who is presently out of the state, is expected to cut his trip and return to the state on Thursday to meet with the workers to resolve the crisis.

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.

Ogun Govt. To Start Paying Salaries With BVN

BVNThe Ogun State Government has said it would commence payment of workers’ salaries with the Bank Verification Number (BVN) starting from April.

The State Government on Friday, said that the plan would allow government have a grip on the number of workers in its pay roll.

The decision was part of the fall-out of a meeting with the state’s labour leaders which was aimed at finding an amicable resolution to some of the contentious issue which led to an industrial action by the state workers.

The meeting was attended by the Deputy Governor of the state, Yetunde Onanuga and the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa among others.

While giving the rationale behind the decision, Mr Adeoluwa maintained that the action was not to witch hunt anyone, but attempts to ensure accountability in government finances.

Speaking on behalf of the labour leaders who attended the meeting, the Chairman of the Joint Negotiating Council, Dare Ilekoya, seized the occasion to demand that membership of cooperative societies be made voluntary by the government.

Deductions from cooperatives is one of the issues in contention by the Labour Unions.

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.

Plateau Workers Embark On Indefinite Strike

PlateauWorkers in Plateau State, North Central Nigeria, have embarked on an indefinite strike to demand for the payment of salaries, gratuity and pension to retirees for over five months as well as promotions of workers.

The leadership of organised industrial union in the state has mobilised all affiliate unions to embark on the industrial action until government yields to its demand and pay all salaries owed the workers.

The organised labour in the state, comprising Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress and Joint Negotiating Council, have therefore paralysed all government activities.

The Plateau State Head of Service, Ezekiel Dalyop, explained that the dwindling revenue allocation from the Federal Government has been the major challenge which has affected payment of salaries and other emoluments due to workers in the state.

With few weeks to the end of the Jonah Jang administration and the adamant posture of organised labour in Plateau State, there seems to be no meeting point until the incoming administration wades into the matter which invariably means that the public service sector is paralysed for now.

The workers believe they have to drive the point home by embarking on the industrial action at this time in order to attract the attention of the incoming administration to their plight.