Strike Looms In Kogi As Labour Unions Issue Seven-Day Ultimatum To Yahaya Bello
The Kogi State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and Trade Union Congress (TUC), have issued a a seven-day ultimatum to Governor Yahaya Bello, to pay the July salary in full on or before September 12.
In a meeting presided over by the joint leadership of the trade unions in Lokoja on Wednesday, the workers resolved to reject the half salary policy of the state government.
The labour unions faulted the claim of the government that its wage bill was N3.1 billion as presented during its meeting with the leadership of the workers.
According to the organised labour, which also includes the Public Service Joint Negotiating Council, the state government later brought down the figure to N2.6 billion after the issue was raised with it.
The part statement reads: “If the N2.6 billion being quoted now by the state government as July 2017 wage bill is sacrosanct, and if the monthly allocation that accrued to the state from the federation account without the IGR shared in the month of August 2017 stands at N2.6 billion as presented to the organised labour, we wish to ask: why the percentage of salary?
“We wish to assure all workers that the organised labour still maintains its stance on ‘no percentage/half salary as proposed by government’.