BY DAUD OLATUNJI
PUBLIC servants in Ogun and the State Government are now at loggerheads over government’s refusal to repeal the state contributory pension reform law and, non-payment of outstanding arrears of gratuity to retirees among other grievances.
The aggrieved workers are also asking the government to abolish alleged 300 percent tax hike and non-remittance of outstanding cooperative and union deductions as well as leave allowances.
Besides the issue of the tax hike is a policy of the current government of Senator Ibikunle Amosun, others are inherited crises.
The immediate past government of Gbenga Daniel is said to have left about two years debt of unremitted pension deduction from public workers, unpaid gratuities to retirees,
non-remittance of outstanding cooperative and union deductions as well as leave allowances.
Concerned about the non-remittance of their pension contributions to their Pension Funds Administrators’, PFAs, they demanded for a repeal of the state Contributory Pension Law.
Since then, it has become an issue which was inherited by Governor Amosun.
Under the aegis of Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, JNPSC, the workers said the issues bothered on their welfare and handed down a seven- day ultimatum to government to address the issues.
The ultimatum expired yesterday.
JNPSNC, in a statement, jointly signed by its State Chairman, Comrade Sunday Adeegbe, and Secretary, Steve Modupe, respectively noted that workers’ morale had been dampened by government’s disposition to their welfare.
According to union “the situation in the state’s public service calls for serious concern as the morale of an average civil servant has been dampened by the anti-workers policies of the state government,” the union added.