Osun workers suspend strike, praise Governor Aregbesola

The five-week old strike action embarked upon by workers came to an end on Friday as the Osun State government agreed to pay its workers N19,012.95 as minimum wage as labour leaders commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola for showing concern for workers welfare.

Consequent upon this development, the suspension of the strike action was announced on Friday by the Chairman, Joint Negotiation Council (JNC), Comrade Bayo Adejumo, who spoke on behalf of the labour leaders commended the Osun State Governor for showing concern for workers welfare.

He announced further that the decision to suspend the strike action followed the agreement and resolution reached and signed by the labour leaders and the government.Communicating the agreement to journalists after the resolution, the Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola said that both parties have agreed to approve the implementation of the signed new salary table based on the minimum wage of N19,012.95 for officers on level 01 to 07.The salary of officers on Grade Level 08 to 17, according to the agreement signed by the Head of Service, Elder Segun Akinwusi and the Commissioner for Human Resources and Capacity Building, Ms. Mobolaji Akande on behalf of the government, would further be upwardly reviewed as soon as the financial situation of the state government improves.State Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Saka Adesiyan; the Trade Union Congress Chairman (TUC), Comrade Oladele Adetunji and the Joint Negotiation Council Chairman (JNC), Comrade Bayo Adejumo and other labour leaders endorsed the agreement.Oyetola emphasized that the implementation of the new salary took effect from August 1, 2011, for officers on level 08 to 17, while those on level 01 to 07 took effect from March 1.The Chief of Staff who assured that no worker would be punished for participating in the strike action called on all workers to resume at their various duty posts immediately.

Stating that both government and labour noted the laudable achievements of the state government within its limited resources in the execution of projects that designed to improve the economic and social development of the state, Oyetola urged workers to increase their productivity and justify the confidence of Governor Rauf Aregbesola in their ability to assist his administration in successful implementation of its programmes and policiesWhile expressing gratitude to labour leaders for the ensuring peace throughout the period of the industrial action, Oyetola acknowledged the intervention of traditional rulers, religious and community leaders in resolving the disagreement.Responding on behalf of the labour leaders, Comrade Bayo Adejumo announced the total suspension of the strike and directed the striking workers to resume work immediately.Adejumo assured that Osun State workers were solidly behind the government of Mr. Rauf  Aregbesola to achieve the laudable dreams set out for the state and vowed that workers would go all out to ensure that the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state was improved.The chairman of Joint Negotiating Councils 1, 2 and 3 commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola for showing concern for the welfare of the workers as he praised traditional rulers, religious leaders and community leader in their efforts at resolving the crisis