OSUN: Workers call off strike as state government pays 2 months salaries

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Workers in Osun on Monday called off their strike after
receiving payment of two months salaries.

The State Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr
Jacob Adekomi, announced the suspension of the strike
after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with
representatives of the state government.

Adekomi, who addressed journalists after signing the MoU,
said the state government had paid workers’ salaries for
January and February.

“Government has also agreed to pay the rest of the
months owed immediately the bailout funds from the
Federal Government were released.

“A committee comprising both the government and labour
unions representatives will be set up to screen workers and
pensioners in the state to ascertain the wage bill, the actual
number of the workforce and the pensioners,’’ he said.

The State Head of Service, Mr Olayinka Owoeye, who led the
state government’s team, commended the labour unions for
their understanding and promised that the state government
would honour the agreement.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that with the
latest payment, the workers who had been on strike for
nearly two months were now being owed six months

It would be recalled that the state government had earlier
paid December 2014 salaries to workers across board on
June 30.

But the Council of Academic Staff Unions of Osun State
owned Tertiary Institutions (CASUOSTI) has disassociated
itself from the peace deal, saying it was not involved in the

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In a statement signed by Mr Lasisi Jimoh and Olusegun
Lana, Chairman and Secretary respectively, the group
maintained that its strike would continue.

The statement said the strike would continue until the
alleged mismanagement of members’ contributory pension
scheme and deductions from their salaries were resolved.

It also said the state government was still owing members
seven months salary arrears and two years leave bonus.