The Ondo state chapter of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Thursday accused the state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as being insensitive to the plight of the state workers, and has been operating anti-workers policies and using unfair labour practices against them.
In a statement issued in Akure, the state capital, on Thursday and signed by its Chairman, Ekundayo Soladoye, and the Secretary, Fatuase Clement, the state labour,cited workers’ 2017 promotion, payment of 2017 leave bonuses, remittance of deductions as some of the issues.
The Congress wondered why the Akeredolu government had been ignoring all the moves by its leaders to meet him and resolve the issues.
“The Congress hereby expresses its frustration at the long list of issues concerning workers welfare which the state government has left unattended to.
“The issues ranging from workers 2017 promotion, payment of 2017 leave bonuses, remittance of deductions, payment of arrears of salaries/pensions and payment of 20 percent balance of 2016 September salary among others.
“We are compelled to conclude that the unwillingness on the part of the state government to meet with the union leaders to resolve these issues is a deliberate ploy to short-change the workers of the state,” the statement said.
The State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Yemi Olowolabi, however, said the allegation was not true, describing the roles of the workers in the government as very essential.
Olowolabi, who assured the workers that they would not be maltreated, said the present government in the state had been workers-friendly since its inception.
Promising that all issues raised by the union would be adequately tackled by the governor, he said: “Governor Akeredolu has promised to have cordial relationship with the state civil servants and that is what he has been doing since he assumed office in February.
He said; “So, we have never operated any anti-workers policy and if the union is not comfortable in some areas, I think the governor would address those areas. They should just be patient.”