Just In: Ogun Workers Threaten Showdown With Abiodun, Begin Indefinite Strike
- Ogun State workers, under the organised labour, will today commence an indefinite strike over the refusal of the state government to meet their demands
- The chairman of the NLC, Ogun State chapter, Emmanuel Bankole, made this disclosure while noting that all efforts to get the government to meet their demands have not yielded any positive results
- Bankole further maintained that workers would continue to keep the state on industrial lockdown until their demands are met
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On Monday, June 27, the organised Labour in Ogun state declared an indefinite strike over the pathetic plight of workers in the state, Daily Trust reports.
The strike which takes effect from 12:00 am on Tuesday, June 28, would affect ministries, agencies, hospitals and public schools.
The union had last week given Governor Dapo Abiodun seven days to address their demands or face an industrial action.
The workers' plight
The workers accused Abiodun of non-remittance of 21 months’ salary deductions, eight years of unpaid Statutory Leave Allowances and breach of the State Pension Reform Law, 2006 (amended 2013) in the implementation of the Contributory Pension Scheme, The Sun newspaper added.
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Their grievances were contained in a letter dated June 21 and addressed to Governor Abiodun.
The letter was jointly signed by the state chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Emmanuel Bankole; chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Akeem Lasisi and the chairman of the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC), Isa Olude.
The union workers begin the industrial action
Following the expiration of the ultimatum, the labour leaders on Monday afternoon addressed workers at the Arcade ground at the state secretariat, Oke – Mosan, Abeokuta, where they declared an indefinite strike.
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The NLC chairman said the government had failed to yield to labour’s several calls for negotiation.
Bankole said the indefinite strike action would allow the government have a rethink and call for a dialogue over the industrial dispute.
“Anyone who reports for duty tomorrow (Tuesday) is a traitor and it has never been well with a traitor.”
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In another development, much-loved versatile actor and producer Odunlade Adekola has added another feather to his cap as he lands a new appointment with the Ogun state government.
Odunlade was on Monday, June 27, unveiled by the Ministry of Health in Ogun as the state’s Health Insurance Ambassador.
According to the report via PM News, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, said it was part of the state’s efforts to expand the insurance scheme across the state.
NLC blasts lawmakers over proposed bill to prevent health workers from strike actions
The leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress condemned the move by members of the House of Representatives to pass a proposed bill that would outlaw industrial actions by health care workers.
The national president of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, said the bill sponsored by Simon Atige, a lawmaker from Enugu state is aimed at gagging the healthcare workers.
It was reported that Atige had sponsored a bill, 'An Act to amend the Trade Disputes Act, cap T8, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004'.