Nigerian workers launch national protest over unpaid salaries
Posted by News Express | 23 August 2016 | 1,700 times
Workers and union leaders across the country have begun gathering for a national protest in solidarity with workers being owed salaries.
The NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, who convened the protest, also said it is to protest the killing of their members in Nasarawa State.
The stage is already set for the protest in Kaduna, Kwara, Nasarawa and Lagos, states among others.
More than 20 states have been unable to pay monthly salaries of workers and others such as Bayelsa has resulted to paying half salaries.
However, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had issued a directive stopping the strike in Nasarawa on the grounds that it will interfere into the ongoing investigations of workers killed in the state.
In a compliance advisory signed by the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Bem Angwe, all parties to the complaint before the NHRC were strongly advised to maintain peace and order, pending the final determination of the investigation of the complaint.
The commission also advised the Nasarawa State Government to suspend the implementation of the reduction in the workers’ salaries, pending the completion of the investigation of the complaints.
It further directed law enforcement and security agencies to ensure full adherence to the compliance advisory till the investigation was fully completed and determined.
The NHRC added that the advisory became necessary following the reports it received that the NLC was planning to hold a rally in Lafia, the Nasarawa State’s capital and other places to protest against the state government on August 23.
•Text courtesy of Channels TV. Photo shows workers during a recent protest.