Niger workers commence strike Tuesday

By Our Correspondent

As the issue of implementation of the national minimum wage remained unresolved in some states in Nigeria, workers in Niger State are set to begin an indefinite strike following the expiration of a 21-day ultimatum given to the state government to implement the new minimum wage across board.

While the ultimatum was on, the government commenced the payment but only for workers on grade level 1-6 blaming inadequate funds for its action.

Niger state Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, had claimed that 80 percent of the state’s revenue is committed to the payment of the salaries and allowances, insisting theat if government pays the minimum wage across board “civil servants will smile but other people in the state will be at the receiving end”

After the emergency Joint State Executive Council meeting held at the Labour House on Monday, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC directed all civil servants in the state to proceed on an indefinite strike effective midnight February 4, 2020.

According to labour, “You are to please note that the strike shall be comprehensive and will remain in force until the government addresses the following lingering issues:

“Demonstrate a clear and adequate commitment on pension administration in Niger State including recovering the funds embezzled by previous administration.

“Immediate resumption of payment of outstanding annual leave grants for year 2019 to desirable workers at both the state and local government areas.

“Immediate implementation of thirty thousand naira minimum wage, its consequential adjustment and accrued arrears to all categories of workers at both the state and local government area levels,” NLC said.

In a statement, which was jointly signed by the state NLC Chairman, Mr. Yakubu Garba, and the state Trade Union Congress, TUC, Chairman, Mr. Tanimu Yunusa, urged workers to be law abiding during the strike and refuse to engage in any form of protest.

“They (workers) are to remain at home and await further directives from the organized labour,” it said.

State government is yet to reacted to the latest development.

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