Minimum Wage: Labour Tells Civil Servants To Go On Strike
Nigeria seems to be in a season of industrial action, as they unfold one after the other all in a bid to force the government into meeting workers' demands.
There seems to be a different one coming up, however, and some Nigerian states will share from it like the proverbial national cake.
The Nigerian Labour Congress on Tuesday asked workers being owed salaries to down tools.
The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, gave the directive at the National Executive Council meeting of the Non Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions in Abuja.
Wabba said some state governors have refused to effectively utilise both the bailout funds and the Paris Club refund given to them by the Federal Government.
According to him, 10 of the 36 states are guilty of the offence, while workers in 6 of the 10 states are enduring severe hardship.
“The congress has directed all states chapters whose members are owed more than 3 months’ salaries arrears to declare an industrial action and we have promised to name and shame them.
“The states include Imo that has been paying workers’ salaries in percentage and has not declared utilization of the bailout fund and Paris club refund.
“They paid 40% pension to their pensioners without their consent and provided a form for them to sign under duress. That is not allowed in law.
“We have Bayelsa which has between 5 to 10 months’ arrears, Ondo is owing between four and six, Ekiti, (five to eight), Benue (five to eight) and Kogi which is the worst case scenario.
“We have three category of workers in Kogi. We have 40% that are being paid up to date, we have 25% that had not been paid between 8 and 16 months.
“We also have another 25% that have not been paid between 8 and 21 months.
“In all the sectors, they have categorised the workers into three categories," he said.
The president also listed Osun, Ebonyi, Zamfara and Abia among others still owing salaries and accused them of non-implementation of the 2011 National Minimum Wage for workers.
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This call for industrial action is coming days after the president said he is not happy with some Governors due to their alleged misuse of the Paris Club refund.