Speaker of the Ogun State house of assembly, Suraj Adekunbi, has pleaded with the state’s civil servants to shelve their planned indefinite strike and enter into fresh negotiations with the state government.
The speaker, who made the appeal in an interview with newsmen in Abeokuta, said the state government was mindful of the pains of workers, and would settle all the outstanding deductions, pensions and gratuities of serving and retired civil servants, if the finance of the state improves.
The organized Labour has scheduled the strike to begin by midnight, if the arrears of salaries deductions, gratuities and pensions are not cleared by the government before the expiration of the 21-day deadline.
The State Government has warned civil servants to ignore the union’s directive to go on a strike, which it declared was illegal, and threatened to invoke the principle of ‘no-work-no-pay’ on any of them who join the proposed strike.
The speaker said he appreciated the Labour leaders, particularly the civil servants, whom he described as the engine room of the state government’s programmes and policies implementation.