Ogun Govt. Asks Labour Union to Return to Negotiations Table

Ogun State Government has called on representatives of the organised Labour to return to the negotiation table to address the grey areas of their demands.

In a statement in Abeokuta, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi claimed that the Labour representatives had withdrawn abruptly from the negotiation process before embarking on what he described as unilateral declaration of one week strike. 

Mr Talabi, who maintained that the decision was unfair and a violation of the principles of collective bargaining, said that the present administration in the state had inherited about 107 billion naira workers’ welfare debt, adding that the past administration only remitted deductions from staff salary for check off dues and cooperative deductions in the twilight of its exit, leaving out the accumulated Contributory Pensions. 

While pointing out that the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19 had forced the state to review its 2020 budget downward by 38%, Mr Talabi said the government had ensured regular remittance of workers’ deductions.

The Secretary to the State government announced plans by the present administration to implement the new minimum wage for all categories of workers, starting from November, 2020, while making efforts to clear the outstanding arrears gradually.

Bolanle Adesida

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