Wednesday, January 27, 2021

ODSG and labour sign pact on workers’ salaries and other entitlements

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The ondo state government has agreed to settle five months of unpaid deductions, September Salary arrears for pensioners and two months subvention to state owned tertiary institutions to offset June and July 2020 salary arrears.

The agreement was reached after the workers’ Parliament empowered the Labour leaders to sign the agreement with the government team led by the Head of Service, Mr Dare Aragbaiye and the state Accountant General, Laolu Akindolire.

ORANGEFM’s Igbekele Ologun reports that last week the labour Unions gave the state government 8 days to address all contentious Issues bordering on outstanding salaries, deductions, pension and subventions or face industrial action.

In a swift response government met with the organised labour on Monday with a view to addressing the issue.

After several hours of deliberation govt and labour leadership reached an agreement which necessitated the organised labour to schedule workers parliament to get their nod before putting pen to paper.

At the workers meeting the Labour Unions represented by the chairman of Joint Negotiating Council, JNC, Niyi Fabunmi, the state NLC chairman, Sunday Adeleye and his TUC counterpart, Helen Odofin opened the floor for discussions.

The forum enabled the workers to meet minds with the leadership of the labour unions and poured out their grievances and thereafter empowered the labour leaders to sign the agreements with the state government.

After the marathon meetings as well as interface with the workforce, the agreement was signed at the office of the head of service, Dare Aragbaiye.

Speaking with newsmen after the meeting, the state NLC chairman Sunday Adeleye said labour/government agreement also directed all Cooperative Societies to immediately pay workers who applied for loans as soon as the deductions are settled.

In his response ,the Head of Service, Dare Aragbaiye thanked the labour leaders for their understanding and assured of government’s commitment to their welfare.

The agreement is expected to douse tensions among the workforce over salary arrears, pensions, deductions to cooperative societies, and subventions to tertiary institutions and statutory bodies.

The labour unions had told workers at an interface that the state government has agreed to pay at least one month salary before end of December while labour will impress on government to pay the 2019 leave bonus for level 8 and above with the remaining funds.