By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
Ogun State Workers on Friday called off the seven-day warning strike over inability of the State government to pay Minimum wage and other entitlements after signing of Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU) with the government.
The State Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Emmanuel Bankole has directed all workers in the state to resume work from Monday.
Bankole at a joint press conference with top government officials led by Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi, held at the governor’s office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the State capital, said the labour has been able to get the commitment of the state government on its demands.
He revealed the agreed to commence payment of Minimum wage to Commence in October 2020, saying the government have released N500 million for quarterly payment of gratuities from January, 2021.
Bankole disclosed that the government also pledged to commence promotion excercise from 2018 till date immediately.
On the Pension Amendment Bill that was passed by the State House of Assembly some weeks back, the NLC Chairman said the State Governor, Biodun Abiodun had suspended assent to the Bill, saying the government would set up review committee on the bill.
The agreement reads: “on behalf of organized labour in the state, I want to inform you that, arising from MOU signed today (Friday), the organized labour have called off the strike. We have been able to get the commitment of government and I want to call and implore our colleagues to resume work.
“Labour and Government reached agreement. Minimum wage to Commence in October, 2020. Promotion exercise from 2018 to commence immediately. Gratuities and BRT to be paying quarterly to commence in January 2021 with the release of N500 million” .
Thee SSG, Tokunbo Talabi said the engagement with the labour leaders is a continuous hence the government would continue to engage them for welfare of it’s workforce.
His words: ” Kudos to all labour leaders and appreciation to all workers in Ogun State for your perseverance, endurance and support during this struggle. As we knew Government and Labour are partner in progress, it’s a matter of Employer and Employee. We shall continue to take the welfare of workers as priority and we promise to keep you abreast as event unfold”.
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