Workers in Ondo State have given Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu an ultimatum to pay up salaries owed.
In the letter, the workers admonished the Governor on the need to expend the Paris Club refund for the agreed purpose of paying the backlog of workers’ salary.
Daily Post reports that the N20 billion Paris Club refund received by the Ondo state government from the Federal Government has continued to generate friction between workers in the state and the incumbent government.
According to the workers, who wrote a letter to the Governor, through the Organised Labour in the state, the state government was not being sincere with the refund, thus the organised labour unions in Ondo State have threatened to commence strike on Tuesday, November 13, if the government fails to pay the backlog of their salary arrears.
The letter reads in parts:
“We believe that negotiation and agreement with labour was the key criteria of how the fund was released despite that the fund has been released to the state without consulting labour.
“We humbly refer your Excellency to the agreement between labour and the state government before the suspension of our industrial action of 30th June 2016.
“We also hold that the said agreement subsist between labour and the government of Ondo state irrespective of who mount the mantle of leadership particular when the State Head of Service remain the signatory to both the agreement and the committee report.
“In view of the above, we call on the government to please pay in line with out agreement as analyzed in our letter under reference on or before 12 noon Tuesday 13th of November, 2018.
“Failure on the part of government to accede to our request may not not be able to guarantee industrial peace by resuming our suspended strike of 30th June, 2016.”