Civil servants in Ondo State are set to begin an indefinite strike on Wednesday should the state government fails to pay all outstanding deductions made from their salaries for months.
The State Chairman of the Joint Public Service Negotiating ?Council, Comrade Sunday Adeleye?, stated this while speaking to journalists on Monday, in Akure, the state capital.
Adeleye said the industrial action would go ahead as the workers had last week issued a seven-day ultimatum to the state government, which expires on Tuesday.
He said unless the government responds to the workers’ request by Tuesday, the strike would begin on Wednesday.
He added, “We have been meeting with the representatives of the state government since ?last week after issuing a statement of a seven-day ultimatum and it(meeting) was all deadlock.
“But if by Tuesday, the state government fails to yield to our demand, the union will have no other option than to call a congress by Wednesday and a total strike action be declared.”
The labour leader lamented that the cooperative societies for workers had died a natural death due to non-release of workers deductions to the societies, saying these were additional means the workers used to survive.
Adeleye had earlier noted in a statement that? non-payment of all deductions from the salary of the workers’ showed government’s insensitivity to the plight of civil servants in the state.