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Osun workers receive half salary, declare indefinite strike

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Segun Adeyemi
Segun Adeyemi
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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While jubilation has since taken over Imo state as Governor Rochas Okorocha paid workers in the state 2 months’ salary, the reverse seems to be the case for his counterpart in Osun state where workers received half salary.

This prompted the workers to embark on an indefinite strike, arguing that the government has failed them despite having received the third tranche of N6.3 billion Paris Club loan refund by Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

The strike notice was announced on Friday in a statement by the Osun State Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, JPSNC, following an emergency meeting of labour leaders on Thursday.

The statement was jointly signed by the Chairman JPSNC, Bayo Adejumo; Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, Tunde Adekomi and the Trade Union Congress Chairman, Bowale Adekola and leaders of various affiliate unions.

The labour leaders said that, “Consequent upon the refusal of the government of Osun State to accede to the demands of the workers and pensioners as contained in our letter of Tuesday, December 5, 2017, the workers of Osun State will be proceeding on an indefinite strike by 27th December, 2017.”

The leaders however, urged all workers to stay at home until they receive another directive from them concerning the strike.

Earlier on Tuesday, the labour leaders had disagreed with Governor Rauf Aregbesola over his insistence on paying November salary with the modulated scheme which makes workers from grade level 08 and above collect between 75 and 50 per cent of their salaries.

The workers had insisted that the state had the financial ability to pay them full salaries, saying most of them had been collecting half salaries since September 2015.

However, the governor in a statement issued by his Commissioner for Information, Adelani Baderinwa, pleaded that they should exercise more patience till the state was able to revert to paying full salary.

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