REPRIEVE came for
embattled Osun State
Governor, Rauf Aregbesola,
as civil servants in the state
suspended their two-month
strike with immediate effect.
Their action followed
a Memorandum of
Understanding, MoU, signed
between representatives of
the labour unions led by the
Chairman of the Nigeria
Labour Congress, NLC,
Comrade Jacob Adekomi and
the state government.
At the venue of the signing of
the pact, Nigerian Pilot learnt
that the state government
yesterday morning paid two
of the remaining six months’
salaries to the workers.
On Friday last week, the
state government held a
meeting with the labour
unions to suspend the strike
they embarked upon because
of the non-payment of their
seven months’ salary arrears.
During the meeting, they
agreed on some issues but
could not sign any agreement
to that effect which made
them to reschedule the
meeting for yesterday.
As early as 10am yesterday,
journalists had arrived at the
Governor’s Office, Abere for
the outcome of the meeting.
The labour leaders who had
vowed not to resume work until they received bank alerts
of five months salaries, shifted
At the end of the meeting
which lasted for more than three
hours, the state chairman of
the NLC, Adekomi announced
the suspension of the strike
with immediate effect, having
considered certain factors.
Adekomi said the government
had paid for the months of
January and February 2015
and had also agreed to pay
the rest from March till date
immediately bailout funds from
the Federal Government were
Head of Service, Mr.
Olayinka Owoeye, who led the
government’s team, appreciated
the labour unions for their
understanding and promised
that the agreement would be
Meanwhile, the Council
of Academic Staff Unions of
Osun State-owned tertiary
institutions, CASUOSTI, has
dissociated itself from the strike
called off by the NLC and the
TUC, saying it was not part of
the unions.
Speaking with newsmen
in Osogbo, secretary of the
union, Comrade Olusegun
Lana, maintained that their
strike would continue until the
problem of the mismanagement
of their contributory pensions
scheme and deductions from
their salaries were resolved.

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