Ogbeta.ng: Aregbesola Pays Half Salary, Osun Workers Resume Strike

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Aregbesola Pays Half Salary, Osun Workers Resume Strike

The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC, in Osun State has directed workers in the state to resume the industrial action that was recently suspended barely 24hours ago.

The suspension of their month-old strike was due to the signing of Memorandum of Understanding, detailing how they wanted their salaries to be paid, with the state government.

The state chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Jacob Adekomi, in a television announcement monitored in Osogbo, last night, said workers should not resume as earlier directed.

It was gathered that workers on grade level 1-7 in secondary schools and the civil service got full payment of their January salaries, while the senior officers got half salaries. In addition, primary and secondary schools’ pensioners were paid 50% of their pensions for months of January and November respectively.

NLC suspended the strike because it believed government would honour the agreement in the MoU the two parties signed.

APC’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Mr Kunle Oyatomi said, “The government’s initial stand was to pay the two months arrears fully as agreed with the labour leaders before the strike was suspended, but there was a shortfall where the money was sourced from.

In order not to disappoint the workers, the government thought that it is better to pay half and balance up later. I can assure you that the balance would be paid before the end of the week. You know that the government is yet to receive its own share of bailout from the Federal Government.”

A statement by Semiu Okanlawon Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Governor, “The governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, wishes to appeal for calm and understanding from all workers in the state.

The government wishes to state that it realised the need to accommodate our senior citizens, the pensioners, within the limited funds available in order to ensure an all-inclusive payment that will alleviate the hardship that the delay in salaries and pensions had caused.

It should be noted that happiness never decreases by sharing. We are committed to meeting our obligations to the workers as more funds become available to settle such.

This period calls for deep understanding of our challenges and we appeal to all and sundry for cooperation in this regard.”

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