Civil servants in Ondo State will today embark on a two-day warning strike to protest the delay in the payment of their three months’ salary arrears despite the receipt of the bailout.
The Chairman of the Public Service’s Joint Negotiating Council, Sunday Adeleye, gave the directive for the warning strike after a meeting between labour leaders and the government’s representatives ended in stalemate on Tuesday in Akure.
The industrial action is expected to be effective on Wednesday and Friday, given that Thursday, October 1, has been declared public holiday.
The JNC chairman, who led leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress to the parley, noted that the state government was not sincere in its promise to pay July and August salaries as well as May and June salary deductions.
The Head of Service, Toyin Akinkuotu, who led the government’s delegation, however, reiterated government’s commitment to pay workers’ salaries from Tuesday, but the workers pointed out that nothing had been paid at the close of the day.
The state Attorney General, Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s Chief of Staff, Kola Adewumi and the Commissioner for Economic Planning, Akin Adaramola, also attended the meeting.