Osun Workers Suspend Strike
Osun State Government workers have suspended the strike action embarked upon to force the government to stop paying them half salaries.
The workers, on Saturday night, announced the suspension of the strike after signing a memorandum of understanding with the representatives of the state government.
The MoU was signed on behalf of the workers by the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr. Tunde Adekomi ; Chairman , Joint Negotiating Council , Bayo Adejumo among others while the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Bola Oyebamiji; the Head of Service, Dr. Fetus Oyebade and the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola signed on behalf of the state government .
According to the MoU, the entire workforce and pensioners would be paid their full salaries for the month of December 2017 and the modalities for payment of subsequent salaries from January 2018 would be worked out later.
It was, however, stated in the document that payment of full salaries would resume fully by the second quarter of 2018.
The state government has also approved the release of N 1 billion to cover the bond certificates of public servants who retired from the contributory pension scheme.
The MoU read in part, “The state government has further approved henceforth 100 per cent payment of monthly pensions for retirees earning N 30, 000 and below while other retirees not in the said category shall, however, be paid 75 per cent of their monthly pensions.
“ The state government shall effect the payment of full salary for the month of December 2017 for its entire workforce and pensioners which is made possible as a result of the Paris Club refund received by the government.
“ Modalities for subsequent payment of salaries and pensions between January 2018 and second quarter of the year will be addressed by the standing committee on appropriation on payment of salaries and critical expenses of government.
Payment of full salaries and pensions will commence by the second quarter of the year 2018. ”