Niger: NLC, TUC be­gin in­def­i­nite strike over salary cut

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Abubakar Haruna, Minna

The Niger State coun­cils of the Nige­ria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have di­rected all state civil ser­vants to pro­ceed on an in­def­i­nite strike ac­tion fol­low­ing ex­pi­ra­tion of a twoweek ul­ti­ma­tum given to the state gov­ern­ment to pay full salary of work­ers in the state.

This was in­di­cated in a bul­letin signed by the labour unions and made avail­able to Daily Trust in Minna yes­ter­day.

The Or­ga­nized Labour di­rected that the civil ser­vants should sit at home and await fur­ther di­rec­tives.

“The Niger State Coun­cil of Nige­ria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) hereby di­rect all Niger State civil ser­vants to pro­ceed on an in­def­i­nite strike ac­tion from Mon­day 11th July, 2016,” the state­ment said.

The State NLC Chair­man, Com­rade Ya­haya Idris Ndako, said the unions de­cided on the strike due to state gov­ern­ment’s re­luc­tance to re­verse its de­ci­sion of cut­ting work­ers’ salaries. “This time around, no go­ing back, the strike is in­evitable,” Ndako said.

But the Niger State Gover­nor, Al­haji Abubakar Sani Bello, said gov­ern­ment has not cut work­ers’ salaries.

The cur­rent salary regime, he said, was in­formed by cir­cum­stances beyond the con­trol of gov­ern­ment.

The gover­nor who made the re­mark in Minna, the state cap­i­tal, said, “We are faced with a crit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion. Our monthly re­ceipt from the fed­er­a­tion al­lo­ca­tion has been on a con­stant de­cline, the dras­tic fall in global price for crude oil and the con­tin­ued heinous ac­tiv­i­ties of the Niger Delta Avengers on our oil in­stal­la­tions are af­fect­ing our re­sources. We have no in­ten­tion to cut salary.’

Sani Bello said de­spite the state’s lean al­lo­ca­tion, gov­ern­ment was able to pay 70 per cent salary to all work­ers last month.

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