Staff of the Ogun State owned radio station; Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation, (OGBC), on Wednesday locked up their offices as they began an indefinite strike to press home their agitation for payment of their four-month salaries and other entitlement owed by the management of the station.
The industrial action began after the expiration of three separate notices which the radio workers’ unions had given the management on non-payment of their entitlements put at about N148,260,000
The workers led by their leaders, Abiodun Ogundipe (Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ), and Ayo Aina (Chairman, Radio Television and Theater Arts Workers Union, RATTAWU) had issued 21,7 and 3 days warning to the management to pay their dues.
It was learnt that the workers stormed the premises of the radio station located at Ibara Housing Estate in Abeokuta at about 4.30 a.m. armed with chain and padlock with which they locked up the door leading to the studio and other offices.
As at the time of filing this report, the General Manager and other management staff of the station could not access their offices.
Police had however been deployed to the premises of the broadcast station to maintain peace on the request of the management.
Speaking with Daily Independent, Ogundipe and Aina said there was no going back on the strike until their demands are met.
The unpaid dues, according to the workers, include outstanding salaries for four months (N76.8 million), pension deductions from 2012 till date (N45 million), outstanding union dues for 2017 (N464,000), National Housing Fund deductions from 2013 till date (N2 million) and CTCS deduction of 2011-2016 (N6 million)
‘We would appreciate if the following demands are met for industrial harmony;(a) payment of outstanding salaries for four months at N76.8million, (b) payment of pension deductions from 2012 till date which is over N45million (c) payment of outstanding union dues for year 2017 at N464,000.00(d) National Housing Fund deductions from 2013 till date of over N2million (e) OGBC CTCS deduction from 2011-2016 of over N6m,” the union leaders said in a statement.