By Daud Olatunji
Abeokuta—The Ogun State Government has described the proposed strike action called by a few disgruntled elements in the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and Trade Union Congress, TUC, as illegal.
In a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, on Monday, the state government wondered why few, unpopular elements would seek to lead workers out on a misguided strike action since the government has not defaulted in the payment of salaries as and when due.
He said the state government paid its workers September salaries on September 25, 2016.
With regards to the backlog of unpaid cooperative deductions, the SSG added that the state government has also kept faith with an agreement it reached with labour leaders in March 2016 to the effect that one month of cooperative deductions would be paid, alongside monthly salaries, every two months.
“We promised to pay outstanding gratuities when we receive bulk funds from the Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) but this has not been forthcoming due to the dwindling revenue profile of the state,” Adeoluwa said.
In addition to this, the Ogun State government is also aware of the fact that under the extant Public Service rules, the TUC/NLC, which signed the notice of strike action issued on Monday, have no roles in calling workers out on a strike action at the state level. On the contrary, it is only the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council that is authorized to do so.