By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Barely twenty four hours after the call off of the three day warning strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress, Niger State chapter of the NLC is at dagger drawn with the state government over unsettled grievances.
The leadership of the state’s chapter of the NLC has given the Niger state government two weeks within which to address lingering issues over the 35% enhancement of staff on all grade levels and the restoration of the suspended annual leave grants to all categories of employees on the state government’s pay roll.
The present state government and the leadership of organized labour in the state had over a year ago signed an agreement on dotted lines bonding the state government to fulfill it’s undertaking but the state government had reneged on the agreement signed.
The NLC is now holding the state government by its jugular, daring it to either meet up or risk industrial action.
The organized labour has therefore issued a two weeks ultimatum to the government to fulfill the undertaking signed between the two or face industrial action.
Workers in the employ of the state have therefore continued with the strike earlier called by as national body which ended last Sunday.
But two days after the nationwide strike was called off, public offices including schools and healthcare delivery centres across the state were still under lock and keys on Tuesday morning.
Civil servants who had reported to their respective offices after the 1stOctober, Independence Day public holiday, were turned back.
Officials of the organized labour had by early morning hours of Tuesday, positioned themselves at the gates of public offices to stop all entries therein.
For anyone who approached such entry points, they were simply told that ‘‘Niger state workers are still on strike’’.
Howecer, workers in federal establishments in the state have since returned to their duty posts following the end of the three day warning strike.
The leadership of the NLC in the state in a statement ongoing sit at home would be called off on Wedbesday ,3rd October to give the state government time to redress the issue after which the strike could continue if the state fails to do the needful.
The statement jointly signed by comrade Yahaya Idris Ndako and comrade Yunusa T. Tanimu, Chairman and Secretary respectively, warned that “failure to fulfill the undertaking after two weeks, the organized labour would resume strike”.
The statement copiously quoted; “with reference to your letter dated, 1st Oct, 2018, NG/LAB/38/T, the organized labour hereby writes to inform the government that the state executive council of NLC and TUC have resolved that by Wednesday ,3rd October, the ongoing strike would be suspended”.
The statement however stressed that the suspension of the industrial action for two weeks would be determined by “if the state government fulfils it’s undertaking within two weeks starting from the 1st to the 15th October, 2018”.