Ondo workers accuse Akeredolu of forcefully introducing fractional salary.
The Ondo state labour union has accused Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of forcefully introducing percentage and fractional salary payment into the state.
The union insisting that workers in the state would not accept 80% September 2016 salary arrears paid from the second tranche of the Paris debt refund.
This was disclosed in an emergency meeting held by the union at Alagbaka, Akure the state capital.
At the meeting presided over by the NLC chairman, Comrade Bosede Daramola and her TUC counterpart Comrade Soladoye Ekundayo, the labour leaders noted that meetings held with some government’s representatives and the governor himself only agreed on the utilization of the second tranche of the 75% Paris debt refund for workers on grade levels one to 14.
Noting that the generality of workers of the state viewed the 80% payment made on Friday as a gift and not salary until government made full payment of the September 2016 salary arrears.
The union said “it was too authoritarian, erroneous and elementary for any political appointee to be claiming that the present administration did not owe workers, adding that it was well known that state governors statutorily inherited both assets and liabilities of his predecessors.
“If Governor Akeredolu’s administration can spend money left in account by his predecessor, he should also pay in full the debt and salaries owed by mimiko’s government whenever funds are available instead of using his aides to attack labour Unions .
“We will do everything to reject the introduction of percentage salary in Ondo state, no matter of government propaganda to blackmail us”, the Union said.
The organised Labour expressed disappointment over the attitude of the State Head of Service, Mr Toyin Akinkuotu for not doing enough to protect the interest of Ondo state workers under the present administration.
They also disappointed on the governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties and Strategy Dr Doyin Odebowale for using unprinted names and unguided statements against the indigenes of the state and labour leaders.
The union, advising Governor Akeredolu to call the SSA to order as his recent utterances shown clearly that the present administration would not be workers’ friendly.
The labour who reminded Odebowale that government is continuum, noted that the Paris debt refund, Akeredolu’s administration was claiming it could not be used to pay salary and pension in full was a dividend of his predecessors.”