- We have not been served notice – Govt
The Organised Labour in Ogun State will on Thursday commence its indefinite strike action, following the expiration of the 21 days ultimatum earlier issued by the union to the state government.
The State’ work force comprising of Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress, and joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, had in a letter dated 13th October, 2016, threatened to embark on mass mobilization of its workers for a strike action, should the state government refused to adhere to their demands.
They are requesting that the government should pay their three months salaries, immediate payment of outstanding 12 months Union’s check off dues, outright stoppage of the contributory pensions deductions, and immediate payment of the 12 months of global deductions .
In a press release issued at a press conference on Monday in Abeokuta, and jointly signed by the state TUC Chairman, Comrade Olubunmi Fajobi, the state NLC Chairman, Comrade Akeem Ambali, and the state JNC Chairman, Comrade Abiodun Olakanmi, they gave the state government 72 hours to immediately pay off all the salaries and unpaid allowances of its workers, or face an industrial action.
The Union said, “without the state government attending to this demands, the industrial action we are embarking on come Thursday, 20th October, 2016 will not be called off or be suspended.”
“All state public / civil servants of Ogun are directed to proceed on indefinite strike on Thursday, 20th October, 2016 until they hear otherwise from the leadership of the organised labour ” it added.
They are also lamenting the 75% payment of worker’s salaries and the 25% deductions from their salaries, as well as non payment of 16 months salaries of the workers of the state owned, Tai Solarin College of Education, an action they hinted was an attempt by the state government to make its work force poorer.
They said, “The organised labour can no longer tolerate the bluff from the state government, while most workers are made to agonize in silence. We therefore demand that the state government should implement the release of sixteen(16) months unpaid salaries of workers of the state -owned, Tai Solarin College of Education
While reacting to the development, the state government through its Information Commissioner, Dayo Adeneye said the government had not been served with the notification of the strike action, adding, “until we are served then we will know what to do.”