The aggrieved government workers in Ondo State have observed their first day of the indefinite strike embarked on by the labour unions over the failure of the state government to pay their 5-month salaries, entitlements, and arrears.
The industrial action, which started on Wednesday, June 1, was reportedly effective as courts, schools and all ministries, departments and agencies of the state government were shut down for the day, even as workers stayed away from work.
Quite a few government offices that opened early for their activities were forced to close as officials of labour went around to ensure compliance.
However, commercial activities were not affected even as private businesses continued normally.
On Tuesday, the civil servants, who are currently demanding for the full payment of their five months’ outstanding salaries from the administration of the embattled Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko, vowed to ground activities in the State.
An emergency meeting had been held in Akure were members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Joint Negotiating Council, (JNC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), and other allies of organized labor in the State issued a joint statement which reads in part:
“That it has become unbearable that workers have not received salaries for the past five months at a stretch.
“That non-payment of salaries to workers has affected the wellbeing of workers/pensioners, economically, socially, psychologically and health wise.
“Workers of Ondo State can no longer bear this situation, in view of the untold hardship suffered by these workers.”