Osun workers end strike, as government commences payment of salaries


Workers of Osun state on Monday ended‎ their six weeks strike after it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state government to put an end to the industrial action.

Labour leaders at the end of the meeting with government representatives at the Governor’s Office in Osogbo decided to ‎end it’s strike and called on civil servants in the state to resume work on Tuesday.
Government on Monday commenced the payment of backlog of workers’ salaries starting with January and February, 2015 for state workers and March and April, 2015 for Local Government workers.
Other ongoing payments included that of primary school teachers, balance of pensions for state government for November 2014, outstanding pensions for January-February, 2015 for Retired Primary School Teachers and March, 2015 Pensions for Retired Local Government Staff.‎
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by the State government, the Joint Public Service Negotiating Councils (JPSNC), the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), of Osun.‎

Chairman Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Jacob Adekomi who spoke on behalf of other Labour leaders pointed out that labour, in ending the strike considered the parlous financial situation of the state arising from decline in monthly Federal Allocations and dwindling Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) which led to non-payment of six months’ salaries.
The NLC chairman added that government and labour therefore, agreed to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in anticipation of the various efforts to be put in place to end the delay in payments.
Labour also added that the strike is being suspended to show appreciation to the state government’s commitment to the welfare of its workers, having in mind the need to collect data towards the completion of the critical verification exercise of workers and retirees in the entire public service.
Adekomi stressed that committees will …Read More

Source:: New Mail