Strik­ing work­ers paid…but

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In a move ap­pre­ci­ated by work­ers, de­spite hav­ing been threat­ened with the no- work- no- pay rule, they re­ceived salaries for Jan­uary.

Sev­eral work­ers con­firmed that they were paid for their an­tic­i­pated work from 16 to 31 Jan­uary de­spite re­turn­ing to work af­ter the pay­roll had been com­puted.

“We re­turned to work fully pre­pared to find means of sus­tain­ing our­selves and were pleas­antly sur­prised,” work­ers said.

This is de­spite hav­ing been away from their duty sta­tions for over a month see­ing as their strike started De­cem­ber 12 and ended around the same time on Jan­uary 16.

“We were pai d in f ul l in De­cem­ber as well see­ing as the strike started af­ter our pay­day.”

They said they were how­ever made to un­der­stand that the J an­uary pay­ments were an ad­vance which they would re­pay, come month end.

Loaned

“Our salaries were ba­si­cally loaned to us,” they said adding that the re­prieve would be for a lit­tle while as de­duc­tions would be for four months.

They feel the full ef­fects of the strike have been post­poned, rather than can­celled all to­gether, de­spite their grat­i­tude.

“they will take back the money for the days we did not work for in De­cem­ber,” they said.

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