Ondo State civil servants have resolved to commence an indefinite strike beginning tomorrow (Wednesday) if the state government refused to pay all their outstanding and deductions made from their salaries before then.
The workers through the State Chairman of the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JNC), Comrade Sunday Adeleye, made the vow while speaking to journalists in Akure, the state capital.
Comrade Adeleye said the indefinite strike became imperative after the workers had last week issued a seven-day ultimatum to the state government to without further delay commence the payment of the owed salary.
“We have been meeting with the representatives of the state government since last week after issuing a statement of a seven-day ultimatum and it was all deadlocked.
“But if by (Tuesday) the state government fails to yield to our demand, the Union will have no other option than to call a congress by Wednesday and a total strike action be declared indefinitely,” Adeleye said.
The workers had last week issued a seven-day ultimatum to the state government accusing the latter of non-payment of all deductions from their salary.
They also decried that cooperative societies for workers have died a natural death due to non-release of workers’ deductions to the societies, noting that these are areas they make ends meet.
It was gathered that the 7-day ultimatum was contained in a statement signed by the JNC State Chairman, Comrade Adeleye after a meeting with labour leaders.
Comrade Adeleye noted in the statement that non-payment of all deductions in the salary of the workers’ showed government’s insensitivity to the plight of civil servants in the state.
The statement read in part: “The Unions in the Public Service of Ondo State under the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) rose from its meeting held on Monday, 13th July, 2015 where exhaustive deliberations on the welfare of workers in the Public Service of the State were discussed.
“The meeting noted with sincerity, the efforts that Ondo State Government is making at ensuring that salaries are paid to workers even at the face of the economic depression in the country.
“The meeting, however, aggravates the untold hardship of the delay in the payment of salaries to workers and observed that, life is no longer bearable and pride of being Civil Servants has become a thing of the past.
“Your Excellency, it is quite imperative to inform you that, deductions for March, April and full salaries for May and June, 2015 are yet to be paid.
“Your Excellency, it is disheartening to note that Cooperative Societies for workers have died prematurely due to the non-release of workers deductions to the societies and these are areas where workers look up to, during the time of need.
“The feelings of the entire workers are full of hopelessness, disenchantment, frustration and economic enslavement of the highest order since they could no longer meet their social and family responsibilities.
“The meeting therefore resolved to appeal to the State Government to pay up all the outstanding salaries and deduction without further delay; within a stipulated period of seven days from the receipt of this letter.
“Failure, the leaders of the Unions in the Public Service of the state may not be able to guarantee an industrial peace in the state”.