Salary Arrears: NLC orders workers to commence immediate strike action in states
The National President, Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba has described the over 10-year liabilities of pensions, gratuity and salaries owed workers by state governments as act of “irresponsibility” on the part of Nigeria’s political elite.
The labour president stated this while presenting his address at the 4th National Conference of the NLC National Women Commission in Abuja on Wednesday.
“In some states we have a liability of up to 10-year. 10-year no payment of gratuity,” he said.
“In some state we have a liability of pension running into 7-year. In some state we have liabilities of salaries get to six months.”
Wabba also said Nigeria’s present predicament is the choice its political leader has chosen for the citizens.
“Where we are today is not an act of God but it is also an act of irresponsibility on the part of our political elite.”
He stressed that the union under his watch would prioritize challenges of pension, gratuity and salaries at the state level.
“In all our state we must look at the issue of payment of gratuity, pension alongside our current entitlement as a priority because the situation is very bleak.”
The comrade informed the participant that forthwith the National leadership has directed state chapters and affiliates to embark on strike action once salaries pension and or gratuity are owed for a period of three months. They should be rest assured of the national body.
Speaking further, Wabba said, “The issue of wages should not be left at the discretion of employers. We are also aware that in most of the states including local governments, they have received this bailout, they have also received the second trenched of the Paris Club refund.”
The 4th National Conference of the NLC National Women Commission coincided with International Women’s Day. The conference was organized to among other issues elect new leadership that will stir the commission in the next four year.