Ondo Pensioners Beg NLC To Fight For Their 42 Years Arrears
Ondo Pensioners Beg NLC To Fight For Their 42 Years Arrears – As the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) embarks on nationwide strike today, Ondo State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) has urged the leadership to help it fight for members’ entitlements.
This was contained in a communiqué issued at end of its meeting in Akure yesterday.
The communiqué signed by Ondo NUP chairman, Chief Raphael Adetuwo, revealed that 42 years unpaid entitlements had subjected the senior citizens to untold hardship in the state.
Adetuwo premised the outcry on the recent directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to governors on payment of salaries and pensions, adding that old age hazards and poverty “are bitter experiences.”
Disclosing that the pensioners were yet to be paid five months pension and gratuity since 2012, he said that the 33 per cent pension increase had not been approved by the state government since 2014.
“Fifteen per cent pension increase paid to state pensioners in 2012 is yet to be paid to the council pensioners, including primary school teachers
“Arrears of monthly pension due to delay in payment after retirement are yet to be paid since 2012. Gratuities to state pensioners who served Federal Government between 1972 and 1976 are yet to be paid,” he said.
The chairman, who accused the state government of shirking its financial responsibilities, urged the labour leadership to come to their rescue.
“The leadership of Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Ondo State chapter, is making a clarion call on Nigeria Labour Congress, Ondo State chapter, to assist pensioners in the state fight for their long overdue entitlements,” he said.
Meanwhile, the organised labour in the state has directed workers to down tools as from today to press for the implementation of a new wage structure by the federal and state governments.
In a statement, the state chairman of NLC, Tayo Ogunleye, and his Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart, Soladoye Ekundayo, said the warning strike would be in line with the directive of their national leadership.
They disclosed that leadership of all labour unions in the state should ensure that all workers stayed away from their duty posts while the strike lasted.