EMPLOYEES of the Ogun State government under the aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have commenced an indefinite strike action taking effect from today, June 28, 2022.
The decision to embark on the strike was taken at a meeting held by the labour unions at the state government secretariat, Oke Mosan, in Abeokuta, the state capital, on Monday.
A circular released to all labour unions in the state noted that Monday, June 27, 2022 was the expiration of a seven days ultimatum issued to the Ogun State government to attend to issues affecting the welfare of civil servants.
Speaking with The ICIR in a telephone interview, the Ogun State NLC chairman Bankole Emmanuel Abimbola said the strike was necessary as it is for the welfare of all civil servants in the state.
According to him, their demands have been presented to the state government for a long time but no action has been taken to meet them.
“We have written to the state government on different occasions, but they are always giving excuses. The last time we tried to reach out to him in April, they said he was unavailable to attend to us.
“In June, we initially gave a two weeks ultimatum and another one week which ended yesterday. This strike is indefinite as we will not resume work until the government makes efforts to meet our demands,” Abimbola said.
“Our demands range from the issues surrounding deduction from workers salaries and contributory pension without remittance to pension fund administrator, national housing funds savings, pension review in line with the new salary structure, outstanding leave allowance of eight years among others,” he added.
The unions have vowed to to continue the strike until their demands are met.
All state government employees are expected to participate in the industrial action.
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