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Ogun workers threaten showdown with state govt

Workers in Ogun State under the aegis of Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council,on Friday threatened a showdown with Governor Dapo Abiodun over what they termed “unimpressive” implementation of the the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the government and the state organised labour.The threat came one year after the MoU was signed between the two parties.The government had signed an MoU with the organised labour in September 2020 on the implementation of the new minimum wage and other demands of the workers.

The MoU followed a one-week strike by the organised labour over its various agitations in the state.The workers lamented that the government’s implementation of the agreement has been “grossly unimpressive, morale dampening and ultimately sending helpless state employees to early graves.”
The Council Secretary, Olusegun Adebiyi, stated this in a letter dated September 23 and addressed to the governor, a copy which was made available to newsmen in Abeokuta on Friday.Adebiyi explained that some of the issues still subsisting in the MoU included proposed amendments to the State Contributory Pension Law; 19 months of non payment of deductions; gratuity payment and matters arising;
He said, “Others are unpaid seven-year arrears of statutory leave allowance and snail speed on staff promotion, among others.”The council secretary added that the union had “painfully observed the lackluster attitude and lack of genuine commitment of the state government towards any policy whatsoever to alleviate the fast deplorable conditions of its workforce.”

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