Labour Shots Down Osun's Workforce
Christmas celebration has come to an end and the reality is back to stare the Osun State government in the face.
The workers unlike government officials could not celebrate - they just watched both days go by.
It was a different scenario for workers on Wednesday when they returned to work at different offices.
Hospitals, government offices, schools' administrative units and other offices are locked.
The Joint Labour Unions blocked the entrance to the State Secretariat in Abere, Osogbo, preventing workers from going into their offices, to enforce the indefinite strike earlier announced on Friday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the union leaders and some of their members arrived at the secretariat as early as 6 a.m. to ensure that no worker resumes.
Speaking to reporters at the gate of the secretariat, the Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Osun, Jacob Adekomi, said the call for a strike is beyond payment of full salaries alone.
Adekomi said: "Workers on Levels one to seven had not been promoted since 2012. Those promoted temporarily had not been confirmed and the civil service rules say after two years of appointment, you have to be confirmed.
"Conversion of appointment and promotion advancement had not been given to the workers and these among others are the things we are fighting for".
He said the workers were told that promotion was a privilege and not a right.
"Let our people be promoted, confirmed, given advancement and what they need and let pensioners be paid and full salaries paid to workers, these are our demands from the state government," Adekomi said.
Also, the Osun Trade Union Congress Chairman, Adekola Adebowale, said at the last meeting held with the Governor Rauf Aregbesola, he told them their demands were privileges and not a right.
He said the unions and workers would use the strike to demand for their rights which the governor referred to as a privilege.
The unions have taken measures to ensure that their action was not hijacked by anybody or group outside the civil service.
According to Mr Adebowale, the union leaders were all over the state, making sure no worker resumed and that all the health centres, courts, local government secretariats and other institutions were all being shut down by the union.
Efforts are on to address the issue.
Adekomi while addressing some members, said he had been called for a meeting by the state government, adding that he would update his members on its outcome.