Unpaid salaries: Labour threatens mass action in Kogi

Posted by News Express | 25 October 2017 | 1,996 times

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•Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State

 Organised labour in Kogi State has threatened to call out its members for mass action should the government continue to default in the payment of salary to its workers.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JPSNC) issued the threat in a statement in Lokoja on Tuesday.

In a statement signed by Mr Olakunle Faniyi, NLC Secretary, Mr James Kolawole of TUC and Mr Isa Abubakar of the JPSNC, labour said that the mass action was to protest government’s insensitivity and indifference to the plight of their members that had not been paid salaries for between two and 21 months.

The officers said that although the unions directed the workers in the state to embark on indefinite strike since September 27, the state government was yet to invite them for negotiation.

They said that workers would not succumb to threat of sack and called on their members to remain firm and committed to the struggle.

“It is the right of workers to embark on strike when their employers have failed to meet with the terms of employment. Therefore the principle of ‘no-pay-no-work’ also applies,” the unions said.

NLC, TUC and JPSNC commiserated with the family of Edward Soje, who committed suicide on October 16 (NAN)

Source: News Express

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