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Osun Workers Begin 3-day Warning Strike To Protest 17 Months’ Salary Arrears

Valentine Chinyem



Workers in Osun State have embarked on a three-day warning strike.

The civil servants were asked to stay away on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, by labour unions in the state, as warning to the state government over non-payments of entitlements.

The Joint Labour Unions, comprising the Joint Negotiating Council, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), in the state, are demanding the payment of 17 months’ salary arrears and other entitlements.

According to PM News, a joint statement released by the union demanded “payment of 34 months’ pension arrears of retired workers in the state, remittance of 34 months’ contributory pension arrears, and payment of outstanding gratuity to all pensioners”.

The workers also want the state to pay their 2016 leave allowances.

No worker was seen in the premises of the state secretariat, as it was under lock and key. Olorunda and Osogbo Local Government Secretariats were also under lock and key.

Meanwhile, Adelani Baderinwa, the Osun Commissioner for Information and Strategy, said a meeting was being arranged with the workers to resolve the issues.

He said: “We always find a way of resolving whatever differences that we have with the workers in the state and I assure you that this is not going to be an exception.

“The issues raised are issues that are always being addressed since, even without anybody asking for it, I am sure we are going to find a way of resolving the issues.”

The state Governorship election is scheduled to hold on September 22, 2018.