NLC Suspends Indefinite Industrial Action After Five Days Of Strike In Niger

 

The Nigerian Labour Congress in Niger State has suspended the indefinite strike action it embarked upon five days ago.

The suspension of the strike follows an agreement between organised labour and the state government on immediate implementation of the new minimum wage of thirty thousand naira and the consequential adjustments on salaries of civil servants.

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Briefing journalists at the Labour House in Minna, the chairman of the state NLC, comrade Yakubu Garba says the state government has also agreed to pay two months arrears on the new minimum wage to state workers and three months for local government staff in march this year.

He also says government has agreed to release twenty percent of the monthly internally generated revenue to address the liabilities accrued on the 7.5% contributory pension scheme.

Nasarawa NLC Complies With National Strike Directive

nasarawa-Al-makuraThe Nasarawa State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and it’s affiliates on Wednesday complied with the directive of the national body to embark on a strike action.

This is following the decision by the federal government to increase the price of petrol.

Speaking to journalist at the Labour House in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, the NLC Chairman, Mr Abdullahi Adeka, said the intended internal strike action in the state has been resolved after reaching an agreement with the state government.

Meanwhile, the state Trade Union Congress (TUC) has refused to partake in the ongoing industrial action instructing members to go about their normal businesses.

NLC Warn Governor Bello Over Ongoing Workers Screening

Sani-BelloThe Niger State branch of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), has warned Governor Abubakar Sani Bello to as a matter of urgency to be steadfast and choose between state civil servants and the consultant handling the on going screening exercise of workforce.

The Chairman of the organised labour in the state, Comrade Yahaya Idris Ndako, who made the disclosure in a press briefing at Labour House in Minna, expressed displeasure over the way and manner the screening exercise of its members were been carried out in the state.

Comrade Ndako said that despite their complaint to the state government over unpleasant conduct on the part of the consultant, the consultant was allowed to allegedly continue inflicting pains on the state workers

He noted that labour was not opposed to screening whatsoever, “but would not fold its arms and watch its members suffer unnecessarily in the hands of Sally and Tibbot Consultancy Firm led by Sa’adatu Bakrin- Ottun Sally”, insisting that they will protect their members..

Ndako urged Governor Bello to immediately assent to the repelled 7.5% Contributory Pension Scheme law so as to facilitate the refund of all contributed funds to their members exempted from the law.

He explained that labour would not accept unnecessary delay in the refund for alleged lack of money from the state government because labour overwhelmingly supported the present administration.

The labour leader applauded the Assembly lawmakers for their stand and focus to repeal the law establishing the 7.5% CPS and the state government for being able to pay workers salaries to date despite the dwindling allocations for the state as well for provision of security and repairs on roads.

He assured to maintain cordial relationship with the state government but would not compromise the welfare and well-being of his members for selfish gains.

Labour Unions Support Buhari’s Anti-corruption Crusade

NLC-tuc-anti-corruptionLabour leaders under the aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Kwara State on Thursday carried out a peaceful anti-corruption rally in Ilorin, the state capital.

The rally which started at the Labour House in Ilorin, took members of the organised labour unions through Ahmadu Bello way to the Government House, to submit a letter in support of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade.

Members of the Unions, who carried placards with various inscriptions, like Let Us Kill Corruption! Before It Kills Us and Corruption Will Kill Nigeria If Not Killed, as well as, Stealing Is Corruption, marched their way to the Government House in Ilorin.

At the seat of power, they presented a letter to the representative of the State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed for onward delivery to President Buhari.

Speaking during the rally, the Kwara State Chairman of NLC, Comrade Yekini Agunbiade said the rally was in line with the directive of the national leadership of the congress, to support the ongoing war against corruption.

Comrade Agunbiade said corruption had created bad image for the country and its citizens, pointing out that it had led to factory closure, retrenchment and worsen unemployment situation in Nigeria.

In response, Governor Ahmed who was represented by the state Head of Service, Hajia Zarah Omar, commended the Unions for rallying support for the President’s anti-corruption crusade, assuring that the letter would be forwarded appropriately.

The Governor also thanked the Unions for ensuring industrial harmony and promised that the government would continue to address issues affecting workers in the state.

In Kano as well, the Unions held a special rally, calling on the government to strengthen the power of all anti-graft agency, by giving them independence to arrest whoever is involved in any act of corruption.

They were met by an official of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) who assured them that the commission will not leave any stone unturned in the fight against corruption.

 

May Day: Osun, Plateau Workers Seek Payment of Salaries

As workers across the world mark the May Day, it was a different story for workers in Osun and Plateau State, as the usual funfair did not hold due to nonpayment of workers’ salary and emoluments for over five months.

Speaking to Journalists in Osogbo, Osun State capital, the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Osun State Chapter, Jacob Adekomi, ascribed the ‎”no celebration” to non payment of salaries to the workforce.

Adekomi said that as long as the workers’ salaries and other emoluments remain unpaid for five months‎, there is no basis for any ceremonial outing.

The Trade Union Congress (TUC), Osun State Chapter, gathered some of its members for what it termed as a prayer session in spite of the ”no celebration”.

The union said that although they were also in support of the ‘no pay no celebration’, what is required is prayer to help change the trend of things in the nation, particularly as the nation prepares for a transition.

Plateau State

Instead of the usual May Day celebrations, workers in Plateau state gathered at the Labour House in Jos in a solemn mood as salary and emoluments, including outstanding arrears of minimum wage, non release of promotions to workers, non payment of gratuity and pension to retirees, among other issues are still pending.

The NLC Chairman in the state, Jibrin Bancir, in a press briefing, observed that the singular act of bad governance and inhuman treatment of workers over the years by the outgoing regime have put the workers under trauma.

As the workers were reflecting on the situation at hand, another faction that emanated from the national body gathered at the state office of National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), led by Anthony Sule John, to address workers and the issue at the national level of the union.

The TUC, with about 12 affiliates comprising mostly senior association members, gathered at their office to also mark the May Day celebrations, with emphases on the plight of Plateau workers.

Nigerian Union Of Pensioners Protests Non-Implementation of 33% Increment

NUPThe Nigerian Union Of Pensioners, NUP, has raised an alarm over the non-payment of the 33 per cent pension increase and arrears for its members by the federal and state governments.

Addressing journalists at the Labour House in Abuja, the National President of the union, Dr Abel Afolayan, explained that whereas the pension increase had been implemented for their military counterparts, civil pensioners are yet to start benefitting from it.

Dr Afolayan said that the union is planning a nationwide protest on account of this, with the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress.