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Labour Leaders Ask Osun Workers to Resume Work

Yinka Kolawole 
Osun State workers who have been going back and forth on industrial action over the non-payment of their salaries, have been recalled back to their duty posts by the labour unions on Wednesday.
The suspension of the strike was announced by the chairman, Nigerian Labour Congress Osun Council, Mr. Jacob Adekomi, Wednesday evening after entering into a new agreement with the state government.
In the memorandum of understanding (MoU) jointly signed by the labour leaders and the representatives of the state government, workers in the state are expected to receive their February 2015 salary arrears, starting for Monday, August 3.
Adekomi said the decision to suspend the industrial action was taken in the interest of the state workforce and the state government
with a vow to resume the strike if the agreements are not honoured on
Monday next week.
While directing all the workers to resume with immediate effect, the state NLC Chairman maintained that the state government had renewed its commitment to full employment and not retrenchment of workers.
Also speaking, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola
who said government had never reneged on its agreement, said the
industrial action was due to shortfall in the federal allocation which is not peculiar to the state.
He appreciated the workers  for their understanding and promised that all their remaining salary arrears would be paid immediately funds are available through the various means being explored by the government.
The workers had failed to resume citing inability of the government to pay February salaries as part of an earlier agreement reached with the
government.
However, the government had told workers that the payment that was effected was based on the available funds and the urgent need to cater to the needs of all strata of workers in the state instead of paying
only a few sections and leaving the others.
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