NLC, TUC may intervene in Ogun Strike

NLC, TUC may intervene in Ogun Strike

National bodies of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (NUC) are to intervene in the two day old strike by Ogun State Civil Servants.

The planned intervention, followed the failure of intervention by various interests to bring the labour leaders in the state and the state government to a round table to agree on how to end the strike.

Attempt by the state’s top traditional rulers to intervene had failed as labour leaders rejected their overture.

Labour leaders had since gone underground since the strike began, following attacks on their members in Abeokuta, by suspected hoodlums.

Labour bodies led by the state public service negotiating council called out the civil servants on strike since last Thursday to protest the delay by the state government to clear the arrears on pensions, gratuities and deduction from salaries.

Apart from the staff of the state internal revenue service who returned to work last Friday, following pressure from the state government, almost all other workers in the state’s public sector complied with the strike directive..

Meanwhile, the three day old strike has continued to paralyse public services in the state.

Public schools, courts and government offices still remain shut, while hospitals are operating skeletal services while relatives of in-patients continue relocation them to private hospitals.

At the governor’s office, Kuto, Abeokuta, only top government officials are on duty.

Traffic in Abeokuta, the state capital, and other parts of the state has been light following the decision of the state workers to stay at home.

Up till now, both the organized labour leaders and top government officials are yet to meet since the strike began last Thursday

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