Ogun Workers Begin Indefinite Strike Over Unpaid 21 Months Deductions, Eight Yrs Leave Allowances - EDU-BIZNEWS

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Monday, June 27, 2022

Ogun Workers Begin Indefinite Strike Over Unpaid 21 Months Deductions, Eight Yrs Leave Allowances




Workers on the payroll of the Ogun State Government have begun an indefinite strike in protest of 21 deductions from their salaries and unpaid leave allowances for the period of eight years

The organized labour led by the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Emmanuel Bankole, his counter-part  from the Trade Union Congress, Comrade Akeem Lasisi and that of the Joint Negotiating Council, Comrade Isa Olude jointly on Monday at a congress of workers in Abeokuta, announced the commencement of the industrial action beginning from this Tuesday until when government respond to  their demands

The organized labour before the declaration of the strike had written twice to Governor Dapo Abiodun with no response, the first being the opened written to him on the 7th of June, 2022, demanding urgent meeting with government and another seven-day ultimatum issued last week's Tuesday which expired last Monday

The workers are demanding the 
Immediate remittance of 21 months of their voluntary savings to the Pension Fund Managers as well as to their micro socioeconomic entities such as Cooperative Societies, etc. that are serving as  the safety nets for emergency financial credits. 

They are also asking the government to settle eight years of unpaid Statutory Leave Allowances, including the those being  owed by the current administration 

The organized labour is equally calling for upward review of the N500million quarterly release payment for outstanding gratuities to N1billion as well as consequential adjustment in the monthly pension to retirees to reflect the current minimum wage

They accused the State Government of deliberate breach of agreement in the implementation of the Contributory Pension Scheme (Ogun State Pension Law, [2006] amended in 2013).

According to them, "Deductions ONLY from the State Civil/Public Servants numbering 11 years remain unremitted neither to their preferred Pension Fund Administrators nor to their Pension Fund Custodians".

 The workers claimed that majority of them have been in limbo since these their voluntary savings remain unremitted.

 

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