Ogun Workers Call Off Strike As Gov’t Accepts Minimum Wage

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By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta

Ogun State workers on Friday  called off the 7-Days warning strike embarked upon since last Wednesday over the nor implementation of minimum wage,gratuity and gross salary among others.

NN recalled  that the workers embarked on the strike on Wednesday picketing some members who were on essential service in some government establishments.

NN further recalled that workers condemned the unimpressive welfare as well as other issues which included the proposed 2020 Pension Amendment Bill, implementation of the new minimum wage among others.

However, on Friday afternoon workers resolved  to call off the strike followed an agreement reached between leadership of the organised labour unions and the state government that agreed to meet  demands put forward by  the agitating unions.

Shortly after arising from three days marathon meetings the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC), Comrade Emmanuel Bankole, leadership of the three agitating workers’ unions called on the workers to return to their duty post with immediate effect.

In the communiqué issued at the end of the meeting,  the government’s delegation, led by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Olatokunbo Talabi resolved with the labour leaders to commence implementation of the workers’ requests effective October, 2020.

They as well resolved  that “the state government will earmark the sum of N500 million for the clearance of Gratuity on quarterly basis, while payment would commence latest by January, 2021.

“​Outstanding promotions (years 2018, 2019 and 2020): The Ogun State Government agreed to commence the process of the outstanding 2018, 2019 and 2020 Promotion Exercise with immediate effect”.

“Year 2020 Pension Amendment Bill: The meeting agreed to suspend actions on the proposed Year 2020 Pension Amendment Bill with the plan to constitute a Committee comprising both representatives of Government and Labour Sides to take an in-depth look into the issue”.

“Leave Bonus Allowance: The meeting resolved that the payment of year 2019 Leave Bonus will be staggered over a period of one year (Grade Level 01 to 06 in October, 2020, Grade Level 07 to 13 in December, 2020 and Grade Level 14 and above March, 2021) while other outstandings (2015 to 2018) would be offset with time”.

“Payment of Gross Salary: The State Government agreed to henceforth pay the Gross Salaries to workers in the State”.

“No reprisal of any kind will be meted on any person(s) for his/her role(s) in the just concluded resolution of this industrial action.
It is however the hope of the State Government that the entire workers in the State will reciprocate the good gestures of the Government with continued dedications, loyalty and efficiency in the discharge of their duties”.

Those in attendance at the meeting included, Comrade Akeem Lasisi  (Vice Chairman, Trade Union Congress TUC), Head of Service, Alhaja Olapeju Ottun, Commissioner for Finance and Chief Economic Adviser, Mr. Dapo Okubadejo, Chairman, Joint Negotiation Council(JNC),
Comrade Olanrewaju Folorunso, Chairman NLC, Emmanuel Bankole and  Chief of Staff to Governor Dapo Abiodun,  Salisu Shuaibu.

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