Osun State Labour Unions have cautioned the state governor Rauf Aregbesola against the planned payment of half salaries for the month of March 2015 to workers.
The Unions under the aegis of Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JPSNC) condemned the plan to pay workers half of their salaries, calling it a violation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by both parties prior to the suspension of workers’ strike.
JPSNC made this known in a communiqué released on Friday in Osogbo.
The communiqué was signed by the Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr. Jacob Adekomi; Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers, Mr. Wakeel Amudah and others issued a stern warning to Gov. Aregbesola, the Accountant General of the state and the Accountant of the Ministry of Local Government not to release the half salaries.
It read: “It was on record that bailout of N34.988bn was released to this state on Thursday 3rd of September, 2015 according to the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele and instead of the government fulfilling her own side of the deal by carrying out section 3(f) of the MoU signed with the labour on the 13th and 29th July respectively, reverse was the case.
“The information released through the Head of Service on the payment of outstanding salaries on Wednesday was completely opposite the spirit of the existing MoU which had generated palpable tension among the workers and the entire people of Osun State.
“That government should effect immediate implementation of the MoU signed on Monday 13th July, 2015. That labour movements in the state reject in its entirety the payment of half salaries as announced by the Head of Service on Wednesday 9th, September, 2015 and should not be paid into workers’ accounts,” the letter added.
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