Meet Up With Labour Unions Demands To Avert  Strike, FWF Tells FG

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By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

The Federal Workers Forum (FWF) today, urged the federal government to meet up with the demands of the labour unions in the country to avert this week’s planned two days warning strike 

FWF in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan by its National Coordinator, Comrade Andrew Emelieze also expressed the forum’s full support for the two days national warning strike from Tuesday 5th to 6th September, 2023, over issues of government alleged insensitivity to the plight of workers and the citizenry at large. 

The forum demanded that government should pay up all outstanding arrears of salaries, promotions, duty tour allowances (DTA)  owed the federal workers and particular attention to the arrears of salaries of federal university workers in Nigeria.

According to the forum, ” as federal workers, we are also badly affected by the economic crisis visited on Nigerians as a result of the hike in the pump price of petrol, all in the name of subsidy removal”, adding, “

we had earlier written to the federal government to adjust our wages automatically inline with the existing economic realities but that has fallen on deaf hears”

” It is over three months now that fuel subsidy had been removed and fuel has equally been increased twice by over 300% , with a price shift from ₦187 to over ₦620 but salaries have remained the same. Federal workers within this period have gone through excruciatingly tough times. It has been stories of mass suffering and life has been made almost meaningless to the federal workers”, it said. 

FWF added, ” Everything has been nauseating and hunger is now a way of life among the federal workers. As a matter of fact, federal workers have been financially embarrassed as against the provisions of the general order of the federal civil service rules and regulations. Federal government workers are no slaves,we therefore query this pathetic situation and call on all federal workers to ensure that the two days warning strike is successful”. 

” We urge the federal government to meet up with the demands of labour. We demand also that government pay up all outstanding arrears of salaries, promotions, duty tour allowances (DTA)  owed the federal workers and particular attention to the arrears of salaries of federal university workers in Nigeria” .

The Forum stressed, ” Henceforth, federal workers will no longer tolerate any oppression of federal workers anywhere and we shall not hesitate to join any workers group in solidarity strike when oppression is noticed; our attention here is drawn to the plight of our colleagues in the federal universities”.

” We at the Federal Workers Forum are in full support of the call by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) for a two days national warning strike from Tuesday 5th to 6th September, 2023 over issues of government insensitivity to the plight of workers and the citizenry at large”. 

It then cautioned the Federal government against frustrating the two days warning strike, saying, ” we call on the federal workers to ensure that all federal government secretariats across the federation is shut down during the strike period. Workers are to also ensure that every other government offices, departments and agencies are shut down nationwide”. 

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