The six months old strike embarked on by the Delta State wing of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) has been called off, even as the Union has warned of a return to the trenches before the end of the year, if the issue of Primary school Teachers was not addressed satisfactorily.
Announcing the decision to call off the strike, the President of NULGE Delta State chapter, Comrade David Ofonyeno, said in Asaba on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, that the union decided to call off the strike because Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has intervened by paying three months’ salary.
Flanked by state executive of the union, Comrade Ofoyeno, who is also the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, however said that the financial bailout provided by the governor was a short-term solution which does not prevent the union’s ongoing agitation for better welfare for its workers.
He also warned of the possibility of another strike in the next four months if the state government failed to take over the payment of primary school teachers in the Delta.
Ofonyeno called on council workers across the 25 local government areas in the state to resume work as from Wednesday, July 15, 2015 and report any shortfall in the payment of their salaries appropriately to the union for sanctions.
“We have decided to suspend the strike because of the intervention of the state government, especially the commitment of Governor Okowa, being that the monies available can conveniently pay three months’ salaries.
“But if the state government fails to take over the payment of primary school teachers’ salaries, in the next four months, we may be forced to embark on fresh strike. This is just a short-term solution to the crisis,” he said.
Recall that Delta State wing of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) had embarked on the strike because the state government could not pay salaries and arrears since January this year.
It would also be recalled that Governor Okowa had assured Local Government workers, just after delivering his state of Financial affairs address, to the Delta Assembly, on June 25, that negotiations had reached an advanced stage to ensure that the Local Government employees returned to work as soon as possible, and from all indications, it is obvious that the Delta governor had kept his promise.