Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and the labour unions leadership on Tuesday disagreed over payment of November and December 2017 salaries to public workers and pensioners in the state.
While the labour unions’ leaders demanded for the payment of their full salaries to all categories of workers as well as pensioners in the state, the state government insisted that that it will only pay balance of one month arrear and half salaries for months of November and December 2017.
The labour leaders had given the state government 21-day ultimatum demanding the full payment of their salaries as from November 2017, adding that failure of which they could no longer guarantee industrial harmony in the state.
The ultimatum which will lapse on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, the labour leaders insisted that at the expiration of the ultimatum, the situation cannot be the same again and will be determined by the stand of workers.
A statement issued by State Chairmen of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Jacob Babatunde Adekomi, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Adebowale Adeleke and Joint Negotiation Council (JNC), Bayo Adejumo respectively, the labour leaders affirmed that they still stand by their demands as contained in their letter December 5, 2017 addressed to the governor.
Also in the statement, the unions dissociated themselves from government’s directive to effect payment of half salaries to workers and pensioners for the month of November, 2017 “as there is overwhelming evidence that the state is financially solvent to effect full salary and pension now since Osun State is not an island in Nigeria.
According to Adekomi who spoke with newsmen said that labour is committeed to the struggle to out smiles on the faces of all workers and pension alike adding that labour engine has move and has no reverse gear.
The labour leaders therefore called on workers to keep faith with the leadership of labour and awaits further directive.
But in a swift reaction, a statement issued on behalf of Governor Rauf Aregbesola by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Adelani Baderinwa appealed to workers to persevere a little more in weathering the financial storm that has been facing the state for quote some time.
The governor at a meeting held with labour leaders in the state on Monday night, expressed the conviction that the end to the financial problem of the state would soon be over and normalcy will return to governance in the state.