Workers in the Ondo State Public Service have threatened to go on strike over government’s failure to pay their outstanding salaries.
The workers are also demanding for their leave bonus and other entitlements pending over the years.
They also issued a five-day ultimatum to the state government to call for negotiations or the workers will go on strike.
The workers under the auspices of the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), in a letter dated 10th July, 2020, gave Governor Akeredolu till Wednesday 15th July, 2020 to do the needful.
Their decision to embark on an industrial action was contained in a letter to the governor and jointly signed by state Chairman of Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), Comrade Oluwaniyi Fabunmi and the State Secretary, JNC, Comrade Kehinde Olomiye.
The letter reads in part: “We write to bring to your attention the already ‘gathered cloud’ of very serious impending Labour/Government face-off which will be the very first in the life of your administration as the elected Governor of Ondo state”.
Meanwhile, the state government says it is attending to the needs of the workers.
Donald Ojogo, state information commissioner in a statement at the weekend said the Ondo State Government has always considered the welfare of workers very paramount and shall not play politics with this avowed commitment.
“In this regard, Mr. Governor will meet the leadership of all such concerned bodies between Monday 13 and Wednesday 15 of July 2020. This is with a view to engendering a very robust engagement and interface.
“Government therefore, uses this medium to appeal to all workers to await the outcome of these series of engagements aimed at deepening Industrial harmony in Ondo State”, he said.