It's the season to down tools - at least in the the federal and state civil service.

The three-week ultimatum given to the Zamfara state government by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Zamfara Chapter has expired.

They have began a total strike on Monday. Their Chairman, Mr Bashir Mafara, confirmed on Sunday.

Parts of the workers’ grievances with the state government include:

1. The non-implementation of workers annual increments

2. Delayed promotion

3. Non-payment of 1, 400 newly recruited staff after three years.

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Other issues are: the refusal of the government to implement minimum wage for local government staff and primary school teachers as well as non-payment of pensioners’ gratuities.

The NLC said it is worrisome that primary school teachers and local government workers in Zamfara state are still receiving between N7,500 and N8,000 as monthly salary.

The NLC chairman said that the union have been having consultations with the government officials, led by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Abdullahi Shinkafi on how to resolve the issues.

But the government has failed to meet up with any of the agreements reached.

“Therefore, we are starting the strike tomorrow, Monday as announced three weeks ago.

“We have already announced that all the representatives of the NLC affiliated unions should meet tomorrow at NLC Secretariat by 10.00 am to mark the commencement of the strike”, he said.

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