Economy

Akeredolu, Labour Unions, Agree on Payment of Leave Bonus Arrears, Others

Oganised Labour Unions and the Ondo State government have agreed to the approval of the immediate payment of five months outstanding deductions from salaries of the state workers from February to June, this year.

Similarly, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu ordered payment of 2018 leave bonus to all workers and settlement of 2019 leave bonus for workers on grade level one to six.

This formed part of the decisions reached by both government’s representatives and the labour unions when Mr Akeredolu held a crucial meeting with them in Akure.

The organised labour under the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) had two weeks ago sent a letter to the governor to demand payment of some of the workers’ outstanding entitlements ranging from 2018, 2019 leave bonus, unpaid accumulated deduction from February, 2020 till date.

Speaking on behalf of the government, Ondo State Head of Service, Mr Dare Aragbaiye as well as the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Donald Ojogo said the government would also settle Special COVID-19 hazard allowance of May, 2020 for health workers.

Mr Aragbaiye noted that out of the available resources of government, sixty-eight percent of June salary and pensions would be paid to local government workers.

Also speaking at a labour meeting in Akure, three unions’ leaders, Comrade Oluwaniyi Fabunmi of JNC; Sunday Adeleye-Oluwole of NLC and the vice chairman of TUC, Clement Fatuase, said they agreed to the payment arrangements to save workers who had mortgaged their salaries with cooperatives and loans from untold hardship.

The labour leaders declared that the latest agreement would go a long way in strengthening harmonious relationship between the Governor Akeredolu-led government and the labour unions in the state.

Leke Adegbite

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