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Osun Workers Ordered To Resume Strike By NLC, Aregbesola Calls For Understanding


Barely 24 hours after the suspension of a seven-week strike by Labour  unions in Osun State over unpaid salaries, the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress in the state, Mr. Jacob Adekomi, has directed workers to resume the suspended strike on Wednesday.

Adekomi said this in a programme monitored on a radio station, RayPower FM  on Tuesday night by our correspondent.
Although efforts  to confirm from the NLC chairman were unsuccessful as calls put across to his telephone did not connect, the Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Teachers in the state, Mr. Mohammed Abdulahi, confirmed the resumption of the strike in a telephone interview with our correspondent.
Abdullahi stated that the NLC chairman had directed workers to resume the strike.
He said, “The state government has reneged on the earlier MoU signed with labour that it would pay us two months. They just paid some half of a month salary while some have not even received  any.
“This is a violation of the agreement and we are calling on all teachers and other workers  to remain at home until further directive is given by the labour.” The NLC chairman had earlier said workers in the state had rejected the payment of 50 per cent of January salaries by the state government. He said all affiliate unions of the NLC would meet decide on the next line of action.
Adekomi said, ” We are rejecting the payment of half salaries because that was not what we agreed on. All affiliate unions of the labour will meet later today ( Tuesday) to deliberate on the issue. But those  that have not been paid at all can remain at home.” Also, some local government workers told our correspondent around 2pm on Tuesday that they had yet to receive  an alert from their banks.
But the All Progressives Congress in the state has appealed to workers to show understanding with the government, saying the balance of their salaries would be paid very soon.Meanwhile, Osun State Governor, Ogbeni. Rauf Aregbesola, has appealed to workers in the state to show some understanding over the payment of 50 per cent salaries.

The governor made this appeal to workers in a statement on his behalf by his media aide, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon.

The statement read, “The attention of the State Government of Osun has been drawn to a growing discontent among workers in the state on the partial payment of salary to workers from Grade Level 08 and above.

“The Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, wishes to appeal for calm and understanding from all workers in the state.

“The Government wishes to state that it realised the need to accommodate our senior citizens, the pensioners, within the limited funds available in order to ensure an all-inclusive payment that will alleviate the hardship that the delay in salaries and pensions had caused. It should be noted that happiness never decreases by being shared.

“We are committed to meeting our obligations to the workers as more funds become available to settle such. This period calls for deep understanding of our challenges and we appeal to all and sundry for cooperation in this regard.”

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