By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
As workers in Osun state find it hard to eat three square meals, no thanks to the inability of the state government to pay their five months salaries, the workers have been advised to take decisive actions targeted at forcing the government to pay them.
The state government is reportedly owing workers in the state between December 2014 and April 2015.
The state chapter of the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), while declaring its support for the on-going agitation for the payment of salary of workers in Osun by the state government gave the charge.
In a press statement issued in Osogbo, Osun State on Friday, 15th May, 2015 and jointly signed by its state Coordinator, Afred Adegoke and state Secretary, Kola Ibrahim welcomed the 14-day ultimatum given to the state government by Osun Labour Unions but advised the workers to take more decisive actions.
The labour leaders in the state in a unanimous decision had threatened to embark on strike if the state government fails to pay their salary within 14 days.
DSM leaders also advised labour movements in Osun not to limit the campaign for the payment of workers’ salaries to mere ultimatum charging the labour leaders to take decisive actions on the matter.
The statement reads: “We welcome the decision of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) in Osun State on the 14-day ultimatum given to the Osun state government to pay the outstanding salaries and allowances of workers, and pensions and gratuities of retirees in the public service”.
“We call on labour union leaders to be prepared and to prepare their members for serious struggle, including state-wide general strike with mass actions like protests and rallies if the Aregbesola government refused to start immediate payment of all arrears of salaries, allowances, pensions and gratuities”.