Labour Rejects Governor Aregbesola’s Half Salaries

Labour unions in Osun State under the aegis of
Osun State Joint Public Service Negotiating
Council have warned Governor Rauf Aregbesola
against paying workers half salaries for the month
of March 2015.
The JNC said the plan to pay them half of their
salaries for the month of March was a violation of
the Memorandum of Understanding signed by both
parties before the workers suspended their strike. A
copy of the communiqué was made available to our
correspondent in Osogbo on Friday.
The letter which was signed by the Chairman,
Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr. Jacob Adekomi;
Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers, Mr. Wakeel
Amudah and others urged Aregbesola to direct the
Accountant General of the state and the
Accountant of the Ministry of Local Government
not to release the half salaries.
The workers said they would decide on the next
line of action to take should the governor refuse to
rescind the decision to pay them half salaries.
The communiqué read, “It was on record that
bailout of N34.988bn was released to this state on
Thursday 3rd of September, 2015 according to the
Central Bank of Nigeria’s Governor, Mr. Godwin
Emefiele and instead of the government fulfilling
her own side of the deal by carrying out section 3(f)
of the MoU signed with the labour on the 13th and
29th July respectively, reverse was the case.
“The information released through the Head of
Service on the payment of outstanding salaries on
Wednesday was completely opposite the spirit of
the existing MoU which had generated palpable
tension among the workers and the entire people of
Osun State.
“That government should effect immediate
implementation of the MoU signed on Monday
13th July, 2015. That labour movements in the
state reject in its entirety the payment of half
salaries as announced by the Head of Service on
Wednesday 9th, September, 2015 and should not
be paid into workers’ accounts.”
The Council of Academic Staff Unions of Osun
State Owned Tertiary Institutions has also told
lecturers at the two state polytechnics and those in
the two colleges of education to ignore the
directive of the state government to come out for
fresh workers’ verification exercise.
The statement was signed by the CASUOSTI
Chairman, Lasisi Jimoh; Secretary, Olusegun Lana;
Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics,
Iree, Dotun Omisore; ASUP Chairman, Esa Oke,
Adesola Akande; COEASU Ila-Orangun Chairman,
Segun Onifade and COEASU Ilesa Chairman,
Oladele Ojo.
The lecturers said the fresh verification was
nothing but another ploy to further delay payment
of outstanding salaries despite the fact that the
government had received its share of the bailout.

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