Some of Our Members Possess Fake Cerificates-Oyo TUC Chairman

Trade unions in Oyo state will not be able to defend will not be able to defend their members with fake certificates.

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This declaration was made by the Chairman  Public Service Joint Negotiating Council, who doubles as the Chairman of the state council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC)Comrade Olusola Ogundiran, in a chat with Federationews2day in Ibadan, Nigeria.

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”Any worker  who is been owed salaries has the right to agitate and feel uncomfortable, and with that if information is not adequate, it gives room for insinuations. But what I want to tell our workers is that since the screening began we have not kept quiet and we know and we also agree that we cannot stop  our employer from  determining the quality and quantity of the workers it needs. So, with that in mind, we actually tag along with the Government to screen and, unfortunately some of our members did not allow us to fight this case straightforward because in actual fact and truthfully, some of our members possess fake certificates, with which they gained employment”.

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”We have met Government and the Government has agreed that once an individual knows that he or she was wrongfully alleged, one can vilify one’s self, by approaching the institution  that warded the certificate and explaining to them that the certificate issued has been alleged to be forged. So once the institution clears this, all well and good. A  lot of them have been let off the hook and have been reintegrated back into the payroll of the state Government”.

”Be that as it may, some also possess fake certificates which we cannot vouch for and that is a dent on the image of the workers of the state and that one has actually not given us the voice to accuse the Government on if the exercise is a witch hunt or delay tactics. But I want to correct one impression, the screening exercise that is going on, although it has taken long, is not a lay off exercise, it is a screening exercise”.

Comrade Ogundiran also disclosed that the state Government was still expecting allocation from Abuja that was why it was yet to pay salaries up to May. ”I can tell you that had it been  the additional funds been expected from Abuja has come, the state Government has shown its readiness and willingness to defray the salary arrears up till May, but unfortunately, that has not been. So, as at now we are still expecting salaries for the month of March it should have been done too, but we were rightly briefed that the Honorable Commissioner for Finance was a little bit indisposed, so the approval of the salaries is yet to come  from Mr. Governor, but hopefully before the week runs out workers will begin to receive alert for the month of March”, he concluded.

Firm Provides Soft Loans for Workers’ Dependents In South West

A financial services company has commenced the granting of soft loans to spouses and dependents of workers in the South West Geo-Political zone of Nigeria, who are yet to receive their salaries for several months from their various state Governments.

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According  to a statement  by must already be engaged in small or medium scale businesses, with verifiable addresses.

It further stated that ‘’repayment of the loan of N100,000 will be made installmentally on a monthly basis over a period of six (6) months at one  per cent (1 %) interest rate. No guarantors are required’’.

The statement directed prospective loan seekers to pick up the registration forms at Common Good International,  Mile 110, Abeokuta road, beside Nustreams Conference and Cultural centre, Railway line, off Alalubosa Estate,Dugbe/ Odo-Ona/Apata road, Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria.

For several months now state Governments in Nigeria have been unable to pay the backlog of salary arrears owed workers. This has   resulted in the inability of the workers to meet their obligations to their spouses and dependents, who depend heavily on them of their sustenance.

 

Oyo Workers Appeal To State Govt. To Use 100 % of Paris Club Refund To Pay Salary Arrears, As UI Workers Continue Strike

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Workers in Oyo state have appealed to the state Government to use the Paris Club deductions refund, about to be released by the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN), on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari, to offset the backlog of salary arrears owed them.

The workers made the appeal through the Chairman of the state council of the Non Academic Staff Union(NASU), Comrade Olusola Fatoki-Cole.

”We want  to appeal to Government, when this one comes, the one we are expecting, as he has done, we are  expecting more from him, he used 60 per cent of the money to settle arrears of salaries, he can as well use 80 per cent this time around, if  he is not comfortable to use the whole amount. But my own take as the state Chairman of NASU, Oyo state, is that he should sue 100 per cent of the money to offset the salary arrears, so that we will know that there are no arrears of salaries in Oyo state. So that everything will be back to normal”.

”In fact the Government will have a new lease of life, they will be relieved. Thinking of where we will get money to pay salary arrears will no more be there. This is an opportunity for Government to liquidate all the arrears of salaries, it owes Oyo state workers. This is the opportunity, this is God at work, because we were not expecting this refund. It is just like a dream, it is a miracle. And God knows that these people are suffering, that is why God can touche the hearts of the people, who said that we still have some arrears of over payment of loan, that we have paid to collect. And I believe that we  should give kudos to this Government, we should also give kudos to President Muhammadu Buhari, but if it were to be the  immediate past Government, we will not know if there is a refund or not”.

”I think we should give kudos to this government for been transparent, and for been sympathetic to the plight of the workers. I think we should give President Buhari that kudos. I want to use this opportunity to thank the Federal Government, to thank our Governor, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, anticipating  that when the money comes, he will Lliquidate tha arrears that are left to be paid”,Comrade Fatoki-Cole stated.

He urged the workers to pray fervently and exercise patience, while also advising them to cultivate the habit of saving.

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Similarly, the indefinite strike action embarked upon by the workers of the University of Ibadan continued on Wednesday, undisrupted.

The workers have since the beginning of the week, prevented vehicular movement in and out of the  University’s two entry points, by shutting the gates from the early hours of each day till late in the afternoon, however, pedestrians were not affected, as the pedestrian gate remained open.

A visit to a number of locations within the university campus, confirmed that activities were totally shut down, as there was no electricity and water supply, while most of the offices remained under lock and key. Workers were seen discussing in groups within and around the main gate.

The Chairman of NASU in the university, Comrade Oluwasegun Arojo disclosed that the indefinite strike was still on, saying”the university management is yet to accede to the demands of the workers, so the indefinite  strike continues”.

4 Months Salaries : We Have Only Received One month-Oyo Workers

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Workers in Oyo state on Monday went about their duties, worried and disturbed over an announcement by the state Government, on salary issues.

The state Government had through its Commissioner for Information, Toye Arulogun, declared that it had paid its workforce four months salaries out of the arrears owed them.

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But a cross section of workers in the state, who discussed the development in groups, at their duty posts,insisted that, after several months, they had only been paid a month’s  salary.

Indeed,  in most recent times, doubtful information have emanated from the state Government through some of its information dissemination channels.

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In his reaction, the state Chairman, Trade Union Congress(TUC), who also doubles as the Chairman Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, Comrade Olusola Ogundiran disclosed that the state Government had succeeded in paying two months salaries in the last three months.

”Our expectations are high, but the fact is that there is a statutory guideline, guiding the fund release. The Federal Government had directed that 50 per cent of whatever is released to the state should go for salaries and pension payments. And going  by the last release, we are not sure if this tranche of release would be up to the last one, the last one was 7.2, the Oyo state Government was even magnanimous to use 60 per cent of the 7.2 to cater for salaries and pensions. So, we are still expecting the same magnanimity, because 50 per cent might not be enough to care of even just one month’s salaries. So we are expecting the same magnanimity that more than 50 per cent would be used to settle salaries and pensions, which would make workers to smile even if at least for one month, and the arrears of salaries owed would have been further reduced.

However, the Vice Chairman of the Public Service Joint Negotiating Council, Kolawole Eniola disclosed logistic problems accounted for the delay in the payment of salaries, stressing that the state Government had paid October salaries .

”So now that another release is about to be made, and been a directive from the Federal Government, that the part of the money should be used to offset salaries, and now that the state is paying the salaries of November which is overdue, our belief that when next the Government, because we are in the period of going for another FAAC  allocation, so when next the representative of Government travels to Abuja for the FACC meeting, I believe that the salaries for November once released, would surely be given, because the amount been used  to pay salaries has increased, so we are sure that immediately the money is released to the state, we are at the Labour side the JNC, NLC TUC, they will intervene to getting the approval of Government again, to use that part of the release to offset the salary arrears that are on ground”, Eniola concluded.

Unpaid Salaries : We are Yet Get To The Root of the Problem-Oyo TUC

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We are Perplexed and Frustrated-Oyo NASU

Labour leaders in Oyo state, Nigeria have expressed hopes that the state Government would resolve all issues relating to salaries in good time.

In separate interviews the Chairman of the Public Service  Joint  Negotiating Council, who is also the Chairman of the Trade Union Congress in the state, Comrade Olusola Ogundiran  and the Chairman of the Non Academic Staff Union(NASU) Comrade Fatoki Olusola-Cole  streesed their differing positions on the issue of workers unpaid salaries.

Comrade Ogundiran wondered why the Local Government workers had not been paid for several months  saying”the state Government has it so good, may be because certain sources of funding came in, such as the recently extended refund of the Pairs Club over deduction. We thought that the Local Government should also benefit from this fund, but we wouldn’t know because they have their own separate account”.

”We don’t know what actually went on thereof, what we know is that  at the state level there was a committee, that once salaries are paid it was supposed to be  a standing committee. The committee used to meet, the state Government will open its book of account, will see what comes in, and will know how to pay  salaries. Local Governments were also represented in that committee, but suddenly that committee just stopped meeting and the state Government just told us that they are following whatever we had agreed, religiously So, once allocation comes the state Government will go ahead to pay salaries”.

”Like now, we are expecting October salaries, but we know that the state Government could go ahead  and pay November salaries too. So, as far as the Local Governments are concerned they have their own Joint Account Committee(JAC), it is the Joint Account Committee that deals with the Local Governments’ funds expenditure. So, we are still yet to get to the root of where the problem lies. If  the primary schools could be paid fully in a month, why not the Local Government workers and even the pensioners ?”, Comrade Ogundiran questioned.

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However the Chairman of the Non Academic Staff Union in the state, Comrade Olusola-Cole laments that the living conditions of workers in the state has deteriorated drastically.

”It has been pathetic, it has been frustrating. It has not been easy. They’ve been trying to manage, but  each day the situation aggravates, costs of goods and services have sky rocketed. And for workers who couldn’t get their salaries, and their salaries have ran into arrears, to the tune of between five(5) and six(6) months, you can imagine how pathetic the situation is. Some of them have turned to street beggars, some of them cannot afford to feed their families, some of them cannot afford to pay rents, some of them cannot afford to take care of their health, because their health is deteriorating. Life has been unbearable, so it is quite unfortunate. And it seems that there is no solution in sight”.

”Even with the release of the Paris Club refund that the Government has just obtained, could not solve  the problem. Government told us that it used 60 per cent of the money to pay the salary arrears, which covers two months. So, the money did not go anywhere, it has not solved the problem. the situation has not changed, it is just like a drop of water in the ocean. It is so pathetic. The lives of workers in Oyo state  is nothing to write home about. That is the situation and we are not happy about it We are perplexed and frustrated”, Comrade Olusola-Cole declared.

Plateau State University Suspends Two Union Executives For Insubordination

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The management of the Plateau state University, Bokkos, has suspended two executives of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities(SSANU) for exhibiting tendencies considered to be disrespectful to the Vice Chancellor of the institution.

The affected executives are  Chairman and Secretary, Messrs Timnan Rimdap and Dusu Sambo Yaro respectively.

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According to the suspension letters dated 27, January, 2017 and signed by the University Registrar, Mr. Amos Mallo, the suspension is for three months, while they would receive   half of their  basic salaries during the period.

The university also stated in the letters, that the affected union executives would not be allowed into the institution’s premises  while the suspension lasted.

The letter also directed them to hand over their duties and Identity cards to the most senior officers in their respective departments.

The predicament of the suspended union officials began after the inauguration of the  university’s branch of the union, on November 26, 2017.  The union officials had requested for check of dues from members, but it was no acceptable to the University authority, which insisted that the union would not be recognized until it was registered by the union.

This led to the exchange of correspondence between the management and the union.

However, the university management,did not take kindly to  the tone of letters to it, and direct text messages to the Vice Chancellor, which it described as  disrespectful.

Salary Deductions in UI: Govt. In Talks With National Leadership of Unions-NASU

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Workers in the University of Ibadan have attributed their silence over the issue of unjustified deductions from their monthly salaries, after their last protests, to the ongoing talks between the national  leadership of the affected unions and the Federal Government.

The workers had embarked on a peaceful protest recently, calling for the removal of the Bursar of the institution.

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This disclosure was made by the  Chairman Non Academic Staff Union(NASU)University of Ibadan branch, Comrade  Oluwasegun Arojo, in a chat for Federationews2day.

Comrade Arojo, who lamented that the management of the institution had resumed the payment of fractional salaries, while urging the members to be patient for the leadership of the union to resolve the  matter with the Government.

”Normally, when you want to embark on protests, there is still room for dialogue. Our protests drew the attention of Government to our plight and Government had to organize a meeting with our national bodies, to discuss on the issues. They set up committees, to of course, look into all of these demands and that’s why we sheathed our swords, waiting for the outcome of the meeting, between the national  leadership of the unions and the Federal Government”.

”Our aim was to draw the attention of the Government to our demands. Our national leadership gave the directive that the protests should be suspended. In December we were paid in fully and in January we were surprised to see fractional payments again. The reason we cannot say. I will urge our members to be patient, while we should trust the leadership of the unions at the national level. Of course, they will give us the best. I will just plead with them to exercise more patience. And I am sure, by the grace of God, we will all smile, so, it is just a matter of time”, Comrade Arojo concluded.

Taraba Dismisses 8 Directors

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The Taraba state Government has announced the dismissal of eight Directors for acts of  misconduct.

This announcement was made on Monday  by the Permanent Secretary, Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, and Executive Secretary, State Primary Education Board , Alhaji Bello Yero and Mr Yakubu Agbaizo,respectively.

The duo maintained that the dismissed officials were responsible for the delay in the payment of salaries of some local government workers, teachers and pensioners in the state.

They however assured that Government had taken positive steps to correct the situation.

Similarly, workers in the state have issued a strike notice to the state Government.

The  workers, who vowed  to proceed on strike from Thursday, hinged their action on  the inability of the state government to pay their  eight months salary arrears.

 

Labour MPs target ‘Scrooge’ employers in ’embarrassing’ Christmas song

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The MPs say they are not anti-business but want companies to treat their employees fairly and with respect.

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They say it’s not about the tunefulness but a group of Labour MPs have recorded what they admit is an “embarrassing” song about the minimum wage.

The honourable members donned Santa hats and antlers to record the single, which is to the tune of the 1980s hit Do They Know It’s Christmas? by Band Aid.

The lyrics refer to “Scrooge” employers who have cut back on overtime pay and other perks to bring in the National Living Wage, currently £7.20 an hour for workers aged 25 and over.

Some of the best-known names in British business are mentioned in the song: “B&Q, Tesco and Waitrose, John Lewis, Caffe Nero and Eat. Be ashamed of how you treat your staff.”

They are also urged to “keep their perks”.

A dozen MPs joined the singalong including former soldier Dan Jarvis, shadow education secretary Angela Rayner and Kevin Brennan, who sings with Parliament’s in-house band.

One of those involved, Grimsby MP Melanie Onn, told her local newspaper it was a “fun/highly embarrassing way of raising an important issue”.

MP Siobhain McDonagh, who organised the recording last week, told Sky News: “We are not anti-business, we love business. We want business to treat their employees fairly.”

Ms McDonagh, the MP for Mitcham and Morden in south London, said she got the idea from one of her constituents.

The father of two working at B&Q claimed he would be £2,600 a year worse off under the National Living Wage due to cuts in overtime pay and allowances.

He has since been reimbursed some of the money.

“People accept contract changes because they can’t afford to lose their job. The gap between the pay for those at the bottom and the top executives is getting wider,” said Ms McDonagh.

“Our biggest and best companies have a responsibility to treat their loyal staff with respect. That’s what we want to highlight – we don’t expect people to praise our singing voices!”

Among the practices they mention are the end of double time on Sundays and Bank Holidays; extra pay for anti-social hours; cutting back on free lunches; and cutting pensions and seasonal bonuses.

The MPs are also writing to the chairs of the companies’ boards asking them to reverse the decisions.

Labour’s press office insisted it was the MPs’ personal decision to record the song and stressed it “has nothing to do with the Labour party”.

The recording has not been universally admired on Twitter. One man, Owen Evans, wrote: “Tesco gave me a job…I’d rather go into Christmas employed than not.”

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries called it “a seriously pathetic swipe at businesses who employ, pay wages and taxes which pay for our NHS and schools and troops and doctors”.

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Sack of 662 Oyo Workers :We Need To Be careful-Labour

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Labour  Unions in Oyo state  have said that the issue of the sack of 662 workers is been approached with all carefulness.

According to the Chairman Medical and Health Union Workers of Nigeria(MHWUN) Comrade Ademola Babalola, who made this vow on behalf of other labour unions, in a chat with Federationews2day, ”if the labour unions in Oyo state wants to raise eye brows on what Government is doing that means we are backing fraudulent practices. But we need to be careful, we labour, are  careful concerning the issue, in the sense that, the government is our employer, there is nothing any labour union can do when their employer say that they want to conduct screening”.

”With the screening that they have done, we cannot say that it is 100 per cent okay. But what we  are doing at the labour level is to verify, we need to verify the individual cases. Any worker that has genuine case , we have told them to report to their various unions for verification, they will go to the  7 man panel set up by labour to look into their cases. Anyone having genuine  case  will be presented to the government, but without that, there nothing labour can do. And I know that our government has listening ears. Not all of them are  culpable, some have genuine cases. First of all, let us put our house in order, then we can table the genuine cases before government, and I am believing God that the Government of Oyo state has  a listening ear and will do justice to the genuine cases.