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Osun workers resume work after seven weeks strike

Workers in Osun on Tuesday resumed work after seven
weeks of industrial action called by the state labour unions
due to unpaid salaries by the state and local governments.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that workers in Osogbo
Local Government were seen tidying up their offices at the
council secretariat that had been under lock and keys for
seven weeks.

A staff of the local government, Mr Maufu Abdullahi, told
NAN that workers resumed work following the directive they
received from their union leaders suspending the strike on

He said workers had received bank alerts of one month
salary (January) with a promise to get February’s salary on
Thursday this week.

Abdullahi said the union leaders had promised that workers
should expect the second payment on Thursday, while the
remaining months would be paid when the Federal
Government bailout fund was released.

NAN reports that workers in the state Government
Secretariat, Abere, were seen sparsely in their departments,
some were in groups discussing the situation, while others
were putting their offices in order.

One of the workers told NAN under the condition of
anonymity that workers still had reasons to doubt the
seriousness and sincerity of the state government to pay
February salary on Thursday.

He said the doubt being expressed by the workers was
based on the antecedents of the government in the recent

The NLC Chairman in the state, Mr Jacob Adekomi, called
off the strike on Monday after the unions had signed a
Memorandum of Understanding with the government’s

Mr Adekomi said the state government had paid workers’
salaries for the months of January, “while February salary
will be paid on Thursday.’’

He said the government has agreed to pay the rest of the
salaries immediately the bailout funds from the Federal
Government are released.

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