Home News Ondo Workers  Embark  on Strike  over Unpaid Salary.

Ondo Workers  Embark  on Strike  over Unpaid Salary.

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Ondo state workers yesterday embarked on a two – day warning strike alleging state government refusal to pay their salary arrears for the month of October ,November and December 2014.

 The workers  also vowed to commence full  blown strike  on Thursday if the  Governor Mimiko led administration fail to meet their demands.

Part of the unpaid salary is said to be  the outstanding deductions for the months of September, October and November 2014 which was not remitted to the banks where the workers had borrowed funds.

In a statement made available to Journalists yesterday in Akure, signed  by the State Chairman of the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JNC),  Mr Sunday Adeleye , the  workers were directed   to embark  on strike if the government  fail to grant their request.” We want our entitlements paid”, they said.

“If our request is not attended to after the warning strike, thereafter, total strike shall be declared without reservations. Workers and  the entire citizens are not fools”,  the statement said.

Adeleye said non-payment of all deductions in the salary shows government insensitivity to the plight of civil servants in the state hence the need for the strike.

“The non-payment  of all deductions such as cooperatives, shilling funds and month loan repayment deductions among others for the month of September, October, November and December 2014 by the state government have exposed government  height of insensitivity to the plight of workers and masses in general”

“The mood of workers and the entire populace in the state are full of hopeless, recurrent disappointment, disenfranchisement, poverty ridden, betrayal of trust and  over-burden”

As a result of the strike, gates leading to all Government ministries, agencies and parastatals in the state have been placed under lock and key.

Also, Public schools both secondary and primary have also been closed down with pupils and students sent home.

A Teacher in one of the government schools who spoke with  our correspondent  on condition of anonymity said they had to send the children home because that was the directive passed to them. She however said the teachers will continue to report at the schools pending further directives.

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