Paris Club Refund: Labour Rejects Akeredolu’s Offer On Salaries Payment

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By Tope Fayehun

Labour unions in Ondo State have rejected the offer made by Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, on payment of outstanding pensions and salaries in the state.

The unions under the auspices of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) said, they would not accept fractional payment of their salaries arrears and pensions.

The workers who are still being owed salaries from September 2016 to January 2017, have been expectant since the announcement of the receipt of the state’s  N7.6 billion share of the Paris club refund.

But the state government had in a recent meeting with the labour unions said, the 75 percent of the Paris Club refund, which is N5.7billion, would not be enough to offset all the outstanding salary and pensions for September 2016, thereby suggesting a grade level payment.

The workers, in a statement signed by Chairman of NLC in the state, Bose Daramola; Sola Ekundayo for TUC and Adeleye Oluwole of JNC, after their meeting on Thursday demanded a full payment of the September 2016 arrears.

They urged the government to device means of paying the arrears without delay.

”There was a follow up meeting with the office of the Accountant General where it was opined that the system of payment could not apply the money on grade level by grade level except on percentage basis. The organized labour met Thursday 10th, July 2017 and resolved as follows;

“That percentage payment or fractional payment in whatever form is unacceptable to Ondo state public servants and pensioners.

“That Government should look inward to augment and pay September 2016 salary in full to all workers and pensioners in the state.

“While assuring Your Excellency of our support and loyalty at all times, it is our wish that the entire workers of Ondo State will receive their September 2016 salaries and pensions without further delay,” the statement partly read.