Labour Union Calls Off Strike Action In Nasarawa State As Govt Bows To Demand
The organised labour, has called off its indefinite strike action in Nasarawa state, following a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Unions and the state government on Monday.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress in the state, Yusuf Iya, explained that the government after an extensive deliberation, agreed to implement the promotion and annual increment of salaries, N30,000 minimum wage and payment of August 2016 arrears.
The Union, in the month of June had embarked on an indefinite strike to protest lack of promotion, lack of annual increment of salaries, lack of training, non-payment of gratuity, lack of housing for workers.
Others complaints of the Union included; non-payment of local government staff including primary school teachers, non-implementation of minimum wage, and non-payment of the last tranche of August 2016 salary arrears.
However, the State Chairman of NLC said, “It was agreed that all pending promotions/annual increment at hand for staff of the Nasarawa State public service that up to 2017 should be implemented with effect from August 2021.
“On the other hand, the processing of all pending promotions from 2018 to date be processed and implemented.
“The meeting notes the commencement of payment of minimum wage by the Nasarawa state government covering levels 1 to 6 and agreed that discussion on consequential adjustment for levels seven and above will continue through the standing Committee on implementation of minimum wage.”
According to him, it was agreed that the payment of the last tranche of the outstanding August 2016 salary arrears will be paid immediately.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Head of Service, Nicholas Abari Aboki, for the state government, Yusuf Iya signed for the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mohammed Doma signed for the Trade Union Congress while Dr Sabo Emmanuel signed for the Nigeria Medical Association.
He said that the parties also agreed that no worker would be victimized on account of his or her participation in the industrial action.
The State Governor, Abdullahi Sule commended the traditional rulers in the state for their efforts in ensuring that the three weeks old industrial action was called off.