Ondo Workers To Resume Strike Tueday Over Unpaid Salaries

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Ondo state workers have given Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu an ultimatum to pay their salary arrears from the N20 billion Paris club refund.

The workers, in a letter dated November 9, gave Akeredolu up till 12 noon, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 to pay the salaries arrears.

The letter was signed by Tayo Ogunleye, State Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC); Soladoye Ekundayo, State Chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Abel Oloniyo, State Chairman of Joint Negotiating Council (JNC).

They said the governor failed to consult the labour unions on the release of the Paris club refund to the state by the federal government as agreed.

The labour leaders said that would not be able to guarantee industrial peace in the state if the government failed to pay the outstanding salaries on Tuesday.

“We believe that negotiation and agreement with labour was the key criteria of how the fund was released despite that the fund has been released to the state without consulting labour.

“We humbly refer your Excellency to the agreement between labour and the state government before the suspension of our industrial action of 30th June 2016.

“Furthermore, we want to draw the attention of His Excellency to the recommendations of a committee on payment of 6-month arrears of salary to Ondo state workers set up by the state government that was submitted to your Excellency in May 2017.

“We also hold that the said agreement subsist between labour and the government of Ondo state irrespective of who mount the mantle of leadership particular when the State Head of Service remain the signatory to both the agreement and the committee report.

“In view of the above, we call on the government to please pay in line with out agreement as analyzed in our letter under reference on or before 12 noon Tuesday 13th of November, 2018

“Failure on the part of government to accede to our request may not not be able to guarantee industrial peace by resuming our suspended strike of 30th June, 2016,” they said in the letter.

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