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NLC vows strike over unpaid salaries

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Abdulwaheed Omar

The national leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress has said that it would embark on strike action if their salaries were not paid.

The congress stated that 11 state governments have not paid December salaries due to their workers.

It made a call to its chapters in Benue, Plateau and Osun states to serve respective governments an ultimatum within all workers’ salary arrears between three and eight months must be paid or risk a strike.

The President of the NLC, Mr. Abdulwaheed Omar, who made the comment in an ‘End of Year Message,’ called on the workers to vote against any politician who failed to pay their salaries in the 2015 elections.

He said that any governor who was not able to pay the salaries of workers in his state had no justification to receive his own salaries too.

Omar said that some employees of the Federal Government in the Ministry of Labour and Productivity were being owed between one to three months’ salary areas.

He said, “Collated reports from our state councils indicate that a number of state governments and some Federal MDAs have not paid their workers for December as the year comes to an end.

“Of the 30 states reporting as of the 30th of December, 11 subjected their workers to a Christmas/New Year celebration without the December salary.

“Three of these states, Benue, Plateau and Osun, owed their workers arrears of salaries ranging from three to eight months. Some Federal Government employees in the ministries of Education, Labour and Productivity, among others, are owed arrears of salaries ranging from one to three months.

“We condemn this insensitivity to the welfare of workers. Any state governor, who cannot pay workers their salaries, as at when due, has no moral justification for taking his own salary and allowances.

“We call on workers to massively reject these anti-worker politicians in the 2015 elections.   Meanwhile, we direct our state NLC councils in the three states mentioned above to serve appropriate ultimatums on their government to pay the arrears of salaries or face disruption of services.” He added.

 

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