Workers in the Public Service of Ondo State have threatened to ground all government activities if it continues with its plan to commence implementation of Contributory Pension Scheme without their consent.
Rising from its meeting today, members of the State Executive Council of the Joint Public Service Negotiating(JNC) said the law establishing the scheme allows it to be domesticated by each state with input from stakeholders especially workers in the state’s public service.
This they claimed government had failed to do before going ahead to put an Implementation committee of the scheme in place as relayed on the state -owned television yesterday.
Reading the communique at the end of the meeting, JNC Chairman, com Sunday Adeleye vowed that workers would not have any representation in the implementation committee if the law establishing the CPS was not domesticated to suit the peculiarity of the workers in Ondo State.
Adeleye called for full proof of evidence that the employer (government ) was fully prepared to pay it’s own monthly share of the contribution as well as the actually valuation before implementation could commence in the state to avoid the ugly scenario whereby employers in some states allegedly did not only refuse to pay their own share but embezzled the amount contributed by workers.
According to the communique, “Ondo State Government has come again with draconian and inhuman posture to effect implementation of CPS by force on workers with effect from March 2014.
“Fellow workers, CPS is a killing tablet to workers because a grade level 04 pays average of #3,000 monthly while level 08 pays #5,000 and grade level 14,000 will pay #10,000 etc.
“What now becomes the survival of workers with peanut take home that she or he will be left with for his family?
“The position of the entire workers of ONDO State is that we say no to poisonous policy that will kill entire workers of this state.
“Workers in ONDO State will resist any attempt by the state government and it’s cohorts to hurriedly and forcefully commence implementation of CPS in Ondo State without due cognizance of the point raised”.