There was confusion yesterday all over Ogun State as the planned
industrial action by the state council of Joint National Public
Service Negotiating Council, Trade Union side was aborted within 12
hours of the directive.

The labour union had on Tuesday afternoon through a circular, a copy
of which was assessed by our correspondent directed all civil and
public seravants in the employment of the state government to proceed
on indefinite strike commencing from yesterday.

The circular which was distributed amonsgt civil servants at the State
Secretariat, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital read that the
directive was sequel to the failure of the state government to meet
certain demands of the workers.

Part of the demands of the union, according to the circular included
the suspension of contributory pension scheme, full payment of five
months salary deductions and payment of outstanding gratuity from
December 2012 till date.

The proposed strike was however suspended few hours before it takes
off after a meeting between members of the union led by its Chairman;
Abiodun Olakanmi and the representatives of the government led by its
Secretary, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa.

Civil servants who had earlier been informed about the strike stayed
back at home while many public schools had to send their students back
home before getting the information of the suspension.

Some of the civil servants were seen rushing to work hours after the
resumption time while close examination of many offices indicated that
many of them were either came late to work or not on their seat.

At Holy Prophet Primary School in Adedotun area of the state capital,
many students were sent back home by the authorities of the school in
the early hours but attempts to recall them failed as many of them had
left for their homes before the inforamtion reached the school.

Students who came earlier at the African Church Primary School,
Ita-Iyalode in the same state capital, were subjected to cumpulsory
labour as they were sighted outside the school premises weeding at the
early school hours.

Comrade Olakanmi who spoke with our correspondent in a telephone
interview yesterday explained that the proposed strike was suspended
after a successfully meeting which ended 10pm on Tuesday.

Olakanmi explained that the union succeded in signing an agreement
with the officials of the state government explaining that the
government has promised to pay two months out of the salary deductions
within two weeks and to complete the payment within two months.

According to him, the government has also pomised to initiate a
process through the state House of Asssembly to discontinue the
Contributory Pension Scheme.


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