Currently, there is division in the camp of Labour unions in Osun State over an impending strike following the non-payment of workers’ salaries.
While the state chapter of Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) issued a seven-day ultimatum to the state government to pay workers salaries or risk strike, the Trade Union Congress noted that it has no plans to embark on strike. The Nigeria Labour Congress in the state has so far remained silent on the matter.
According to Chairman of ASCSN in the state, Comrade Akinyemi Olatunji, several letters have been sent to the state government without response. He lamented that workers in the state are suffering and that the situation was becoming unbearable.
But the TUC chairman, Comrade Oladele Adetunji, said the state governor, Rauf Aregbesola has briefed labour leaders on the financial situation of the state and faulted ASCSN for proposing the strike, adding that Akinyemi lacked the power to call for a strike without following the proper procedure.
“About 43 leaders of the union were in attendance at the meeting held with the governor in October 2014. Only the Association of Senior Civil Servants has been boycotting the unions’ meeting,” he said.