Following the Ondo state government’s resolve to pay the 20 percent balance of salary arrears for September 2016, workers have agreed to sheathe their sword.
The government had paid 80 percent of the arrears of the month’s salary inherited from the immediate past administration which left seven months salaries unpaid.
On assumption of office, the present administration paid the August salary in full but on receipt of the latest N7billion Paris club refund paid just 80 percent of the outstanding September salaries.
This led to organised labour in the state insisting on full payment or nothing.
Sensing that the workers were spoiling for war, the state government met with the leaders of the unions and after a three-hour meeting, all the parties agreed to a truce on the payment of the remaining.
Addressing newsmen, the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Bosede Daramola, said the government has agreed to pay the remaining 20 percent.
“We have met with government representatives headed by the deputy governor and we want to appreciate the deputy governor for his role in the negotiation.
“He equally told us that the August 2017 salary will be paid in full and that the balance of the September 2016 salary would be paid very soon which to us is good news.
“He also assured us that all other outstanding arrears will be paid between now and few months after the release of the October Paris Club loan refund and we are expecting that between now and October, government should be able to clear the arrears,” Daramola said.
He, therefore, appeal to his colleague to remain cal as the issue remains under control
“We want to appeal to all our workers to remain calm since there has been a commitment from the government of the state towards the welfare of workers in the state.
“Government again has shown understandings that before the end of this year those who are due for promotion will be promoted without any hesitation.”
Source – Concise News