New wage: Ondo workers begin indefinite strike

AKURE – ACTIVITIES were yesterday grounded at government offices in Ondo State as workers in the public service began indefinite strike over the implementation of the N18, 000 minimum wage.

But government declared the industrial action illegal and reported the Joint Negotiating Council, JNC, to the Federal  Ministry of Labour and Productivity.

The Head of Service, HOS, Mr. Ajose Kudehinbu, in a letter dated July 13 2011 to the Controller of Labour in Akure, condemned the decision of the JNC to declare an industrial action without due process.
Commissioner for Information, Mr. Ranti Akerele, said; “we are compelled to bring the action of JNC to your notice. For the second time in about a month, the Council had embarked on industrial action without giving the statutory notice.

The letter reads in part “after reaching an agreement on Salary Relativity which was stridently criticized by the National Leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, the JNC also repudiated the agreement by proposing to join the strike being contemplated at the national level on the Minimum Wage. The combined effect of the criticism of Salary Relativity by the NLC and the decision of the JNC after an agreement had been reached was that Labour had effectively and unilaterally backed out of the agreement on Salary Relativity.”

Meanwhile, government offices were locked up as labour leaders under the aegis of the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, JPNC, moved round the offices to ensure compliance.

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