Strike: Ogun labour lists conditions for talks

Ogun labour

The Ogun State organized labour has listed some of the demands that must be met before going into any talks with the state government, on the six day old civil servants strike.

But the leadership of the apex body of the senior workers in the country, trade union congress (TUC) says it is teaming up with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to intervene in the industrial dispute.

Chairman of the state public service negotiating council, Abiodun Olakanmi, speaking during a Rockcity FM Programme:’ daybreak-show’, from his hideout, said the state government must put something on the table, before the labour would enter into any form of talks to end the strike.

Olakanmi called for the payment of at least six months of the salaries deduction into the bank account of the striking civil servants.

He also demanded the payment of gratuities’ arrears, and the stoppage of any form of deduction from the civil servants’ salaries, which the state government had said was a legal issue.

Meanwhile, the national president of the trade union congress (TUC), Boboi Kaigama, has indicated readiness of national bodies of the organized labour to intervene in the six day old strike.

Kaigama speaking on a Rockcity FM Programme:’Daybreak Show’ from Abuja, said TUC National leadership and that of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) will be in Abeokuta at an unspecified date, to find a solution to the strike

In another development, Ogun State’s former labour leaders have decided to intervene in the on-going strike.

At a meeting in Abeokuta, they requested an audience with Governor Ibikunle Amosun, to break the stalemate in the industrial dispute.

The former labour leaders, under the auspice of OGUN STATE labour elders forum, included former state chairmen of nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), O. Oloyede, Wale Oduntan and Clement Adeniyi, and a former chairmen of the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, Alhaji O.B.M Ashiru and Sunday Adeegbe.

Others are Former State Chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Yinka Fashina and former State Secretary General of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Tunji Fashola.

The immediate past chairman of the State NLC, Clement Adeniyi, who spoke to Rockcity FM correspondent, Fatai Sobande, after the meeting, said they had forwarded a letter to the governor requesting for a meeting.

Adeniyi said the forum was disturbed by the strike, appealing to both parties to come to the round-table, in the principle of collective bargaining, to end the strike.

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