Ogun State workers suspend strike as Governor Abiodun allocates N500 million to clear gratuities
Ogun State workers have called off the one-week warning strike after a prolonged meeting with government officials at the Governor’s office in Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.
The chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress(NLC), Emmanuel Bankole, announced that the state government has agreed to address their demands, including the implementation of the new minimum wage next month.
According to Bankole, the strike was called off following a memorandum of understanding on the agreements reached at the meeting between both parties. He said the State Government has also agreed to allocate N500m for the clearance of gratuity on a quarterly basis which would be effective by January, 2021.
“At the meetings, all the issues requested for ranging from the proposed 2020 Pension Amendment Bill, Leave Bonus Allowance, Outstanding Promotions (years 2018, 2019 and 2020), Implementation of the signed New Minimum Wage, Payment of Gratuity and Payment of Gross Salary were discussed extensively,” Bankole said per The Nation.
“The meeting acknowledged the willingness of the State Government to meet the requests and thereby considered thoroughly the affordability and sustainability on the part of the State Government towards accommodating the resultant increments on the present financial standing of the State.
“After extensive deliberations on each of the request, the meeting unanimously resolved as follows;
“Implementation of the Signed New Minimum Wage: the State Government agreed to commence implementation effective from October, 2020;
“Payment of Gratuity: The State Government agreed to earmark the sum of N500,000,000.00 for the clearance of Gratuity on quarterly basis while payment would commence latest by January 2021.
“Outstanding Promotions (years 2018, 2019 and 2020): The Ogun State Government agreed to commence the process of the outstanding 2018, 2019 and 2020 Promotion Exercise with immediate effect.
“The meeting agreed to suspend actions on the proposed Year 2020 Pension Amendment Bill with the plan to constitute a Committee comprising both representatives of Government and Labour to take an in-depth look into the issue;
“Review of other demands: The meeting also agreed that other demands by Organized Labour would be subjects of joint reviews, the first of which will be in March 2021.
“The Labour team will make an immediate public pronouncement to call off the strike action. The labour team appreciates the commitment of the government to sustain the payment of Gross Salary henceforth.
“No reprisal of any kind will be meted on any person(s) for his/her role(s) in the just-concluded resolution of this industrial action.
“It is, however, the hope of the State Government that the entire workers in the State will reciprocate the good gestures of the Government with continued dedications, loyalty and efficiency in the discharge of their duties.
“Leave Bonus Allowance: The meeting resolved that the payment of the year 2019 Leave Bonus will be staggered over a period of one year (Grade Level 01 to 06 in October 2020, Grade Level 07 to 13 in December 2020 and Grade Level 14 and above March 2021) while other outstandings (2015 to 2018) would be offset with time/
“Payment of Gross Salary: The State Government agreed to henceforth pay the Gross Salaries to workers in the state.”