Olabisi Longe Akure
Workers in the public sectors in Ondo state, Wednesday, began an indefinite strike over non-payment of wages covering over five months.
The workers had issued the state government led by Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, an ultimatum which expired at 12 noon Wednesday.
Leaders of workers Unions in the state public sector, moved in upon expiration of the ultimatum and picketed workers who were still at their desk as at the expiration time.
Civil servants, boards and parastatals, public schools with all other relevant state government agencies have most of their doors and gates locked against the workers.
Union leaders keep watch on all the secretariat buildings to force compliance.
Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state, Comrade Boards Daramola , Chairman of the State Joint Negotiation Council (JNC), Comrade Sunday Adeleye and other labour union leaders also led workers in solidarity march around the secretariat complex.
However, banks, federal ministries, boards and all others agencies remained open.
Markets and commercial transports were also open while security operatives were seen working to maintain the peace.
According to the workers in a bullentine served round workers in the state, noted that “The unions have been totally constrained over the nonpayment of the worker’s salary in the last five months which has constituted a hardship on the workers and their family by extension.
“The workers are now calling on the state government to quickly do something, by paying the owed salaries to workers”, the workers said in a news bulletin circulated during the march.