Civil servants in Ogun state under the aegis of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council will begin a three day warning strike on Tuesday, 10th March, 2015 (today).
The Secretary of the Council, Mr Modiu Bello made this known at a press briefing at Iwe Iroyin, Oke Ilewo, in Abeokuta.
He said the strike was due to the failure of government to remit N2.8 billion deducted from their salaries between October and January to the appropriate agencies.
Bello said, “Sequel to the refusal of the state government to accede to the demand of workers in the state public service over the unpaid four-month deductions made from our salaries of October, November, December 2014 and January 2015, the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, on behalf of the state public servants hereby issue a 3-day warning strike effective from 10th Tuesday to 12th Thursday, 2015 to drive home their demand.
“The JNC is constrained to take this action since every known channel of negotiation/dialogue have proved abortive. At a meeting held on Friday, February 20 2015, government officials informed labour of plans to pay two months deductions in addition to February 2015 salaries owing to paucity of funds.
“Labour (Nigeria Labour Congress), however, insisted that the arrears of deductions covering the mentioned months be fully paid before the payment of February 2015 salary to ameliorate the sufferings of workers in the state who continue to find it increasingly difficult to meet their basic family needs, given that the objective of subscribing to some of these savings have been defeated arising from these unpaid deductions.”