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Ogun Workers Begin Indefinite Strike, Cripple Public Services

An indefinite strike by civil servants has taken off in Ogun state.

The indefinite strike is expected to take a deadly toll on public services in schools, hospitals, and other government offices and facilities.

Labour leaders have vowed that the strike will continue until the outstanding demands of workers are met.

The strike kicked off this morning, after the last minute efforts by the state government to stop it, failed.

Labour leaders were invited by top government officials, to a meeting, shortly  after civil servants endorsed the strike action at an open air congress convened by the organized labour, on Monday afternoon, at the arcade ground, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.

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The meeting with top government officials ended in deadlock, and failed to convince labour leaders to reverse the decision to call out workers on strike as from Monday midnight.

It is likely that the state government will invite labour leaders to another meeting later today.

The demands of the civil servants  include the remittance of the various deductions from their 21 months salaries and the restoration of gross salary payment.

Other demands are the payment of the eight year leave allowances, the consequential adjustment of the minimum pension and increase of 500 million naira being released, quarterly, to clear the accumulated gratuities of retired civil servants.

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