The Trade Union Congress (TUC), Ogun State chapter, on Wednesday expressed his worry over what he described as worrisome dimension of the conditions of civil servants in the state have due to their unpaid 11 months’ cooperative deductions.
The state chairman of the union, Olubunmi Fajobi, while briefing journalists at its GRA, Ibara, Abeokuta office, said majority of civil servants, who were currently being owed 11 months unpaid cooperative deductions, were now living under extreme poverty.
Fajobi added that unpaid gratuities of retirees have been in arrears since October 2012.
The union appealed to the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, to pay the workers, because some of the workers in the two categories were dying daily.
He said the workers had paid enough sacrifice for Amosun’s thirst for sustained development and modernisation of the state.
Fajobi who was flanked by other officials of the union said, “The Trade Union Congress’ State Executive Council-in-session in its meeting held today, Wednesday 10th August, 2016, observed that the prevailing abject conditions of public workers in the state have assumed a worrisome dimension.
“It neither requires critical appraisal nor scientific academic research to discern the stark reality of extreme poverty majority of active Ogun State workers have found themselves.
“And the retired senior citizens of the state. With the increasing harvests of deaths and untold miseries being daily experienced in the two camps mentioned above, the Council-in-session therefore passionately appeal to the state government under the leadership of His Excellency, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, to without delay; resume the payment of gratuities, suspended since October 2012.
“The government should should also consider the release of fund for the payment of 11 months’ balance of workers’ salaries, that is, deductions made from workers’ earnings (May, July, October, November and December 2015, and January -July 2016).”
Fajobi said they had earlier reached out to the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, to intervene on their behalf.
He, however, said while the union would stick to appeal for now, it would watch out for government’s response, before convening another meeting to review its strategies.