Following the non-payment of five months salaries, Ondo state civil servants will as from tomorrow, begin an indefinite strike.
Sources from the labour union say workers are expected to stay away from work until the outstanding arrears are paid. All government hospitals in the state will equally be shut down.
However, sources say that the workers are still in a meeting with the government, and it will be too early to conclude that they will embark on an indefinite strike tomorrow.
Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, has been accused of deliberately starving Ondo State civil servants of their salaries accumulating into five months and purposely hoarding funds in preparation for this year’s governorship election taking place on November 26.
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Workers have decried what they term, the insensitivity of the state government to their plight, due to backlog of unpaid salaries and other benefits.
The civil servants and pensioners across the 18 local government areas have appealed to the Governor, to device means of getting money to offset the owed salaries, allowances and other entitlements; to reduce the agony and hunger they have endured since December 2015.
There has been insinuations from some quarters that the treasury of the State was empty and had been the reason for the non-payment of workers’ salaries while arguing that “there is still enough money” in the purse of the government that could assist in paying workers their full outstanding wages.
Civil servants in the State have since been boycotting their offices, thereby paralyzing office work duty due to the non-payment of the outstanding wages.
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The main opposition party in Ondo State, the All Progressives Congress (APC), have repeatedly criticized the organized labor leaders, specifically the NLC in the State, for being “complete stooges” to the embattled Governor Mimiko while lamenting his silence on the plight and suffering of civil servants in the government workforce.