The organised labour in Ogun State is set to go on an indefinite strike beginning from Thursday when the 72 hours ultimatum it gave Ogun State government yesterday expires.
The organised labour which includes Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), said that the State government has taken their unpaid allowances and deductions for granted.
Speaking at a Press conference held at the State Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Abeokuta, the JNC Chairman, Comrade Olakanml Abiodun explained that the leadership of the labour Unions had suspended their strike in March due to the intervention of traditional rulers, the State House of Assembly and well meaning citizens of the State.
He insisted that unless the state government honours their various agreements reached at meetings with them during the last strike, they would embark on a total shutdown from Thursday, October 20th.
Olakanmi listed their demands to include “Immediate payment of outstanding 12 months Unions’ Check off Dues, Outright Stoppage of the Contributory Pension Deductions and immediate payment of 12 months of global deductions which include (bank loans’ repayment, Co-operatives’ savings, Ileya/festivals savings and gradual payment of retiree gratuity).”
“Without the State government attending to these demands, the industrial action we are embarking on come Thursday, 20th of October 2016 will not be called off nor be suspended,” he insisted.
He disclosed that “we viewed the inaction of the Ogun State government as bee, deliberate, calculative and designed to make the civil servants poorer”.