NLC flays A’ibom for stop­ping 723 work­ers’ salaries

The Punch - - NEWS - Pa­trick Odey, Uyo

The Chair­man of the Akwa Ibom State chap­ter of the Nige­ria Labour Congress, Sunny James, on Tues­day, crit­i­cised the Akwa Ibom State Gov­ern­ment for al­legedly with­hold­ing the salaries of 723 work­ers since July 2019.

James, who spoke dur­ing the Solemn As­sem­bly or­gan­ised by the Akwa Ibom State Nige­ria Labour Congress in Uyo, said the salaries of the af­fected work­ers were stopped with­out ex­pla­na­tions.

he claimed that four of their mem­bers, who worked with Ju­bilee Sy­ringe Com­pany, were also sacked for de­mand­ing their rights.

“The state gov­ern­ment stopped salaries of 723 work­ers since July. They have nei­ther been re­called nor given rea­sons for the stop­page of their salaries and they have not been sacked.

“You can­not em­ploy some­body and he has been work­ing for two years and sud­denly you say the mode of their em­ploy­ment was not cor­rect. So labour is not in agree­ment with the mode of em­ploy­ment they are talk­ing about.

“In 2019, four labour lead­ers, who did noth­ing wrong, were sacked from Ju­bilee Sy­ringe Com­pany for de­mand­ing their rights. Al­though we have re­ported to the gov­er­nor, they have not been re­called,” he stated.

James lamented that re­tired work­ers in the state from 1999 till date had not been paid their gra­tu­ities.

he also stated that salaries and other en­ti­tle­ment had not been paid to lo­cal gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees, even as the gov­er­nor had given di­rec­tives to the ef­fect.

he de­scribed the ac­tions of the state gov­ern­ment as vic­tim­i­sa­tion.

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