Osun workers resume work after seven weeks strike

By 02:22 Tue, 14 Jul 2015 Comments


Workers in Osun on Tuesday resumed work after seven

weeks of industrial action called by the state labour unions

due to unpaid salaries by the state and local governments.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that workers in Osogbo

Local Government were seen tidying up their offices at the

council secretariat that had been under lock and keys for

seven weeks.

A staff of the local government, Mr Maufu Abdullahi, told

NAN that workers resumed work following the directive they

received from their union leaders suspending the strike on

Monday.

He said workers had received bank alerts of one month

salary (January) with a promise to get February’s salary on

Thursday this week.

Abdullahi said the union leaders had promised that workers

should expect the second payment on Thursday, while the

remaining months would be paid when the Federal

Government bailout fund was released.

NAN reports that workers in the state Government

Secretariat, Abere, were seen sparsely in their departments,

some were in groups discussing the situation, while others

were putting their offices in order.

One of the workers told NAN under the condition of

anonymity that workers still had reasons to doubt the

seriousness and sincerity of the state government to pay

February salary on Thursday.

He said the doubt being expressed by the workers was

based on the antecedents of the government in the recent

past.

The NLC Chairman in the state, Mr Jacob Adekomi, called

off the strike on Monday after the unions had signed a

Memorandum of Understanding with the government’s

representatives.

Mr Adekomi said the state government had paid workers’

salaries for the months of January, “while February salary

will be paid on Thursday.’’

He said the government has agreed to pay the rest of the

salaries immediately the bailout funds from the Federal

Government are released.


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