Workers in Osun State heaved a sigh of relief, Tuesday afternoon, when the state government commenced the payment of salaries owed for December, 2014. The payment of the 30 per cent balance
of November salaries of some workers who were yet to be paid in full has also commenced.
The state had plunged into a crisis situation over the cash crunch that caused workers in the state to go unpaid for seven months.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress in Osun State, Mr. Jacob Adekomi, also confirmed the payment today at a press conference but said that the workers would not call off the strike just yet.
According to him, one month out of seven was as good as nothing as most workers would not get anything from the one month salary paid because their banks would use the meager money for loan repayment and interest.
His words: “We appreciate the efforts of the government to see that salary and pension arrears are settled without further delay . Our negation with government is that out of eight months owed us, the minimum we can take is give months to resume work.
“As it is now, the strike continues while negotiations also continue. I appeal to all workers in the state to continue to stay at home until further notice.
“This payment is as good as no payment, because all deductions must have been made by our various banks. Because of this , there won’t be money for us to transport ourselves to work and feed our families.
“Until we have enough money to feed and for our transportation to work, we will not resume work. The strike continues.”