On Tuesday, the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Ondo State actively enforced the two-day warning strike that had been declared by the national body of the union.
During visits to various public offices across the state, it was noted that some employees returned to work in response to warnings from the Head of Service, Kayode Ogundele, who had cautioned civil servants about potential consequences for failing to report to work.
In response to this situation, the Ondo State NLC, led by Victor Amoko, mobilized and went to the state secretariat to ensure strict adherence to the warning strike.
Following the enforcement of the industrial action, Amoko expressed disappointment with the actions of the Head of Service.
The NLC Chairman accused the state’s Head of Service, Kayode Ogundele, of disregarding the directives of the union.
According to Amoko, the Head of Service had issued a directive that amounted to a threat against workers, stating that those who did not return to work would not receive their full September salary.
“The strike is a response to the hardship we are experiencing in the country due to the removal of the oil subsidy, and no measures have been taken to alleviate the impact of the subsidy removal on the general population and workers.
“Our members followed the union’s directive, but there is some confusion. In certain areas where the Head of Service asked them to return and even threatened not to pay their salaries if they didn’t, they started compiling lists, which we consider unnecessary.
“We are not so particular about the government of this state, if we are talking about this state, it is another issue but now we are talking about the national.”
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