Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Nasarawa Workers Begin Strike Action Over Unpaid Salaries

NLC to Nasarawa: Reverse 50% salary cut or face strike

The Nasarawa State Chapter of Nigeria Labour Congress has threatened to declare an indefinite strike by its members if the state government fails to reverse the 50 per cent salary cut for workers.
The State NLC Chairman, Abdulahi Adeka, made the position known during a peaceful protest by workers in Lafia on Monday.
Adeka, who read the union’s resolution at the Government House gate, said the protest was to register the disapproval of the union to the government’s decision to cut salaries.
He said: “If by the close of work today government fails to reverse its decision, the organised labour will be left with no choice than to shut down the state completely.
“The present N18,900 minimum wage as is currently being paid in the state was implemented in compliance with the National Minimum Wage Act.
“The N18, 900 is a benchmark.
“Therefore, nobody or group of persons has the right to reduce the salary of workers by whatever percentage.”
Adeka said based on an agreement with the government and in line with the law, the wage of workers in the state needed to be reviewed upward.
Adeka explained that President Muhammadu Buhari had already set up a committee to commence the process of an upward review of workers’ salaries and appealed to the governor to emulate the Federal Government.
He called on the workers to continue to be law abiding as they await further directive from the state executive of the union.
The Deputy Governor, Silas Agara, commended the workers for their maturity over the peaceful protest and assured them that their message would be delivered to the Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, for appropriate action.
The workers had walked over eight kilometres to the Government House and carried placards with inscriptions, such as: Salary is a Right; Where is our N4 billion bailout funds; Governance is not a private business, amongst others.
The salary review committee set up by the state government two weeks ago submitted a report.
The committee recommended 50 per cent salary cut for political office holders, public and civil servants in view of the dwindling resources of the state.

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