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.
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.
“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.