Strike Looms In Ondo State Over Unpaid Leave Allowances
The Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu is again at loggerheads with civil servants over his inability to play the game according to its rules.
The recent meeting held between the state government and the labour leaders over the payment of 2017/2018 leave allowances was said to have ended in stalemate.
If the outcome of the meeting is anything to go by, the state is definitely up for a shutdown beginning on Friday.
Speaking on behalf of the union after the meeting on Tuesday, the chairman, Joint Negotiation Council, Comrade Opeyemi Oloniyo insisted that the 2017/2018 leave bonus arrears was long over-due.
"We have waited enough. We have taken enough excuses from the government and it is obvious that their basket of excuses can never be emptied as things stand.
"So we are giving them till Friday to commence the payment. If this is not done, the government should be ready for industrial action." He said.
Also, a level 14 worker in the ministry of the environment claimed the government has not paid her leave bonus for almost two years.
"I have waited and waited for almost two years without any hope. There are about six of us in the ministry that are suffering the same fate. Our files are there at the Director of Finance and Administration office duly signed and approved but no money."
Speaking on behalf of the state government, the special adviser to the governor on Union matters, Alaba Isijola appealed to the workers to reconsider their decision.
"We are on top of the situation and we want to appeal to the workers to give us time to be able to meet and see how we can have an agreement.
"The state had about 20% deduction in the last Paris club refund by the central bank. This really affected the government's plan to offset part of backlog of workers allowances but as things stand presently, we will have to look elsewhere to raise money for that purpose and that is why there is need for the workers to understand the situation on ground."
The plea does not seem to hold any water in the face of current reality with the union as all indications tilt towards an industrial action.
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