by Dare Lawal
Workers in the employ of the Osun state government have not been paid their wages in 2013, less than three days to the end of the second month in the year.
After its long period of silence, the government of the state of Osun, through the commissioner of finance, Dr. Wale Bolorunduro, has given reasons why this is so. He said that it was due to some strategies being put in place by the government to eliminate errors, as well as failure by some stakeholders to immediately buy into the new payment methods aimed at ensuring transparency and promptness.
“The state commenced biometric-based salary automation last year to achieve faster processing of salary and recording of the bonafide workers. This has the buy in of workers, whose labour unions were also part of the standing stakeholders committee.
“The automation went live in October and was used to pay November and December salaries alongside the manual payroll. Then there was a disruption to the exercise in January. Therefore, automated processing could not commence as usual on January 7. All entreaties to labour failed and they submitted that their members had agreed that January salary would be delayed until they clear their issues with the government.
“They pulled out of the stakeholders committee meeting, and there was no way we could know the issues until a meeting was held with Mr. Governor on the January 21. The issue was that 120 workers were left out in Hospital Management Board’s November salary, out of 3,000 employees and that it was reduced to 60 workers in December.”
There are fears that if the issue is not resolved as soon as possible, labour in the state might be forced to do battle with the Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola government.