1 June 2016
Civil servants in Ondo State have commenced an indefinite strike over their five months unpaid salaries.
Unlike the recent nationwide strike over subsidy removal, civil servants fully complied with the decision to go on the strike.
Offices of the State Government today remained locked and the vicinity deserted while the head of workers’ group in the state went round seeing to the enforcement of the industrial action.
The Ondo State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Bosede Daramola and the head of Joint Negotiating Council, Sunday Adeleye, told Channels reporters, that, “the workers in the state were in serious financial crisis, as most of them could not sustain their financial obligations to their immediate families any longer.
“We have waited patiently. We collaborated with government and participated actively in all the screening exercises to make sure that we have a very clean document to work with.
“At the last meeting we had with the government, they promised to pay us, they paid us the December salary and promised to pay on or before May 31 the outstanding salaries and pensions to our retired officers,”
According to them, they are open to dialogue with the government but would not resume work until government fulfilled its end of the bargain.