As the Ondo State Government began to pay the workers of the state the 80 per cent of their September 2016 salary arrears from the second tranche of the Paris Club loan refund, the organised labour union in the state has described the payment as a mere gift and not salaries.
Civil servants in the state under the auspices of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress accused Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of forcefully introducing percentage and fractional salary payment into the state civil service, insisting that workers in the state would not accept the payment.
The workers’ position is contained in a statement issued on Sunday in Akure, the Ondo State capital, after the meeting of the unions. The meeting was presided over by the NLC Chairman, Mrs. Bosede Daramola, and her TUC counterpart, Mr. Soladoye Ekundayo.
The labour leaders claimed that they held meeting with some government representatives where it was agreed that 75 per cent of the second tranche of the Paris Club loan refund would be used to pay outstanding salaries of workers on Grade Level 1 to 14 in the state.
They said, “If Governor Akeredolu’s administration can spend money left in the account by his predecessor, he should also pay in full the debt and salaries owed by Mimiko’s government whenever funds are available instead of using his aides to attack labour unions.”
But the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Segun Ajiboye, said the government had acted according to the law.
“The governor has not violated any law over the salaries of workers or over the issue of Paris Club money but I believe the matter would be resolved amicably,” Ajiboye stated.