Labour says NO more talks before strike
Ogun State Government has warned civil servants on its payroll that the proposed indefinite strike, scheduled to begin on Thursday is Illegal.
Threatening to invoke the principle of ‘No-Work-No-Pay’ on any worker who Join the Strike, the state government said both the Nigeria Labour congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have no power to mobilize Civil Servants on a Strike-eat the state level.
Secretary to the state government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, in a statement said only the joint public service union negotiating council has such powers, but said there was no basis for the proposed strike which it described as a misguided strike..
Accusing the Labour leaders mobilizing workers for the strike as a few and unpopular elements, the state government said it has not defaulted in the implementation of the terms of agreements it reached with the organized Labour last march.
For instance, government said it has been paying one month of salaries deduction along with salaries every two months, while awaiting a bulk fund from the federation account to pay the arrears of gratuities.
Meanwhile, the organized Labour in Ogun State says it will not enter into a fresh negotiation with state government, before mobilizing civil servants to embark on an indefinite strike as from Thursday.
The 21-day deadline issued by the unions to the state government to pay arrears of pensions and gratuities of retired workers and the deduction from the salaries of civil servants expires on Wednesday.
Chairman of the state joint public service negotiating council, Abiodun Olakanmi, addressing a news conference in Abeokuta, said the State Government was expected to, fully, meet the various demands of the civil servants to prevent the strike.
Also speaking at the news conference, chairman of trade union congress, Bunmi Fajobi, said the state government stopped negotiating with the unions since April, because of its disagreement with the mode of refund of deduction proposed by the State Government.