Barely 24 hours after the suspension of a seven-week strike by labour unions in Osun State over unpaid salaries, the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress in the state, Mr. Jacob Adekomi, has directed workers to resume the suspended strike on Wednesday.
Adekomi said this in a programme monitored on a radio station, RayPower FM in Osogbo on Tuesday night by our correspondent.
Although efforts to confirm from the NLC chairman were unsuccessful as calls put across to his telephone did not connect, the Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Teachers in the state, Mr. Mohammed Abdulahi, confirmed the resumption of the strike in a telephone interview with our correspondent.
Abdullahi stated that the NLC chairman had directed workers to resume the strike.
He said, “The state government has reneged on the earlier MoU signed with labour that it would pay us two months. They just paid some half of a month salary while some have not even received any.
“This is a violation of the agreement and we are calling on all teachers and other workers to remain at home until further directive is given by the labour.”
The NLC chairman had earlier said workers in the state had rejected the payment of 50 per cent of January salaries by the state government.
He said all affiliate unions of the NLC would meet decide on the next line of action.
Adekomi said, ” We are rejecting the payment of half salaries because that was not what we agreed on. All affiliate unions of the labour will meet later today ( Tuesday) to deliberate on the issue. But those that have not been paid at all can remain at home.”
Also, some local government workers told our correspondent around 2pm on Tuesday that they had yet to receive an alert from their banks.
But the All Progressives Congress in the state has appealed to workers to show understanding with the government, saying the balance of their salaries would be paid very soon.