Nasarawa: Organised Labour Suspends Strike

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By; SAMSON YAKI, Lafia.
The organised Labour in Nasarawa State has called off its industrial action that has taken several months now.
The decision was taken in consideration of the ongoing intervention by the Minister of Labour and employment, Mr Chris Ngige in conjunction with the Federal Labour and National Trade Union Congress.
In a communicare jointly signed by the state chairmen of both Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TCU), Comrade Abdulahi M. Adeka and Comrade Danladi Sabo Namo respectively, said that the state government and the Labour Unions have agreed to revert to the old salary structure and the payment from the fallout of the new salary structure for the months of May and June has already commenced.
The communicare holds that the salaries for the months of July and August will be addressed in the course of discussions by the tripartite committee.
In this regards the organised labour called on all its workers to resume work today 14th September, 2016.
The Labour body assured its workers that no victimization of any kind would be meted out to them as a result of embarking on the industrial action.
Workers in Nasarawa State have been on strike since 4th of July, 2016 to protest the government new salary structure of fifty percent.
While it has agreed to pay the remaining balance for the months of May and June, the government insists on no work, no pay rule for the months of July and August.
Meanwhile the staff of the defunct Karu Area Planning Development Authority (KAPDA), presently with Nasarawa Urban Development Board (NUDB) are yet to receive their June salary as at commencement of the strike action and nothing has been mentioned of it since then.
Lamenting the condition of affected staff, one of them who pleaded anonymity said that even if they are paid full month’s salary, hardly can any worker have something to take home as 90 per cent of them are already indebted to banks for various loans collected at a time and most banks are hungry sick to hijack any form of payment to service their loans.
Several incidents have placed Nasarawa State workers on mockery scenario as banks have blacklisted them as persona non granta on issues of loans.
Perhaps the reversal to the former salary structure will also help in reversing the position of Banks on them.

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