By Tunde Oyekola, Osogbo
Offices at the Osun State Government Secretariat, Abere in Osogbo and local council headquarters were put under lock and key on Wednesday as Civil Servants in the state embarked on three day warning strike to press for the payment of seventeen month salary and pension owed them by the state government.
The salary arrears owed the workers accumulated as a result of modulated salary introduced by the state government to pay workers salaries since 2015 as a result of economic crunch that hit the country.
The state Joint Negotiatng Council which directed workers to embark on the three days warning strike said that the state government failed to give positive response on it demand for the payment of the salary arrears at the expiration of it twenty one days notice on Tuesday.
However, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa told Western Post in Osogbo on Wednesday that government had openened negotiation with the workers.
According to him, the State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has assured the workers that all money owed them would be paid adding that the government had started to fulfill its obligations by paying the workers and pensioners in the state full salary for the month of July.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state, Comrade Jacob Adekomi said that he was satisfied that the workers complied totally with the execution of the strike.
Meanwhile, Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has called on the State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola to order the immediate payment of backlog of workers salaries and allowances which has necessitated the on going total strike in the State.
The State PDP chairman Hon. Soji Adagunodo made the call today in a Press statement released in Osogbo, the State capital.
The PDP described the action of Ogbeni Aregbesola in withholding workers and pensioners financial entitlements for a period of 34 months as callous and unwarranted.
Adagunodo said the State government has no justification for the brazen oppression of workers who toil day and night to sustain the running of public institutions.
“To make matters worse, Ogbeni Aregbesola continues to make senior citizens who are pensioners object of ridicule in the society by refusing to pay them their entitlement that they have toiled for in their youthful years.”