By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) said it will on Friday lock down Ogun State over what it termed “Anti-worker actions” of the administration in the State.
NLC, in a letter addressed to the Governor of the State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, dated February 20, 2019, said the State will be locked down in an ‘Operation Occupy Ogun State.’
The letter, which was signed by the National President of the workers’ union, Ayuba Wabba, listed the grievances which included unpaid backlog of salary deductions and gratuities, failure to reinstate the State Chairman of NLC, Akeem Ambali, who was dismissed by the state government and the plight of workers of the Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu-Ijebu.
The letter was titled: “Re: Notice of Protest Against Anti-Worker Actions of the Ogun State Government Scheduled For 1st March, 2019.”
Wabba regretted that the government failed to address the issues earlier raised in various letters dated December 10, 2018, January 16, 2019 and February 8, 2019.
The letter stated that: “Given the intransigence of the Ogun State Government to respond to earlier entreaties by the NLC, organised Labour in Nigeria has no other option left than to keep Ogun State on an industrial lock-down until our demands as follows are met.
“Liquidation of about 104 months arrears of withheld statutory deductions owed workers and unions in Ogun State in line with the agreement reached between the state government and organised labour that the last tranche of Paris Club refund be used for this purpose. Payment of gratuity owed retirees in Ogun State.
“Reins statement of Comrade Akeem Ambali, NLC Ogun State Council Chairperson, to his work with the state government and the payment of his salaries and entitlements withheld throughout the period of his unjust suspension from work.
“Settlement of salary arrears owed workers of Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu-Ijebu Ode.
“Reversal of the purported proscription of trade unions and victimisation of elected union officials at the Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu-Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.
“Inauguration of a Governing Council in the Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu-Ijebu Ode, Ogun State since none has been put in place since October 2008.
“Promotion exercises conducted in the Tai Solarin College of Education since 2013 should be concluded, letters of promotion released to staff and emolument arrears accruing therefrom should be paid to concerned staff immediately.
“The state government should ensure that the contributory pension scheme of workers of the Tai Solarin College of Education, is promptly remitted to their Retirement Savings Accounts; and. The Ogun State Government should demonstrate commitment to a decent and conducive learning ad work environment at the Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu-Ijebu Ode, Ogun State”.