NLC Calls Off Planned Strike On Pension Fraud

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has called off its planned protest and industrial action which was scheduled for the 10th of April 2013 across the nation.

The labour group however gave the Federal Government an ultimatum to fulfill all agreements by the end of April or risk an industrial action without any warning.

Addressing journalist in Abuja on Tuesday, the acting president of the congress; Mr Promise Adewusi said the decision of the labour group is in consideration of moves by the Federal Government to sufficiently meet with the demands of the congress and National Union of Pensioners.

Such moves according to Mr Adewusi includes the setting up of a joint committee headed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to harmonise payments as well as resolve sundry matters connected with pension payment and administration of pension funds.

He however warned that the industrial action will resume without warning if by the end of April the Federal Government fails to implement all it has promised to do.

According to the labour leader, the Federal Government among other things, accepted to restore the check-off dues of the national union of pensioners which had been withheld for one year.

President Goodluck Jonathan had on Monday ordered the immediate payment of check off dues of pensioners in the country during a meeting he held with the leadership of the the Nigeria Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress and the Nigerian Union of Pensioners at the Presidential Villa.

It also ordered the withdrawal from the court the case between the Federal Government and the union in respect of the pension payment/matters.

The NLC also directed the joint committee to resolve all issues pertaining to the immediate payment of all pension arrears to deserving pensioners, resumption of inconclusive verification exercises of 2010/2011 and a review of pension payment to reflect 53.4 per cent wage increase to workers in 2010 and the payment of the N18,000 minimum wage.