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Plateau Workers Demand Release Of ‘No Work No Pay’ Balance, Seek Pay Review To N66,500 Minimum

 

The Oasis Reporters

May 1, 2018

By Moses Gbande
Women in Plateau State march past.

The Chairman, Plateau State Chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Comrade Jubrin Banchir has described as “unacceptable”, the continued delay in the payment of the outstanding balance of “No Work No Pay” owed to local government workers, primary school teachers and tertiary Institutions.

The Chairman equally expressed worries over half payment of the N18, 000.00 minimum wage to workers in the state since its implementation.

Banchir who made these reservations at the 2018 May Day Rally held at the Rwam Pam Township Stadium, Jos on Tuesday, lamented over the incessant process of engagement and re engagement with government over wages of the working class.

According to him, the non Payment of the balance of the ‘No Work, No Pay’, and the half payment of the N18,000.00 minimum wage in the date has in no small measure caused untold hardship to workers and degraded their standard of living, particularly in an economy that has been in recession.

“Labour is calling on government to ensure that the minimum wage at the local government is harmonised, which would go a long way in improving the economic standard of the average worker.

” The non implementation of released promotions and in some cases lack of promotions at local governments should quickly be looked into and conducted accordingly”.

He however appreciated the state government for offsetting pension arrears and for the constant payment of salaries of workers.

He described the 2018 Worker’s Day Theme, “Labour Movement in National Development: Dare to struggle, Dare to Win” as “apt”, considering the history of struggle and how labour movement has prevailed through thick and thin and yet comes out victorious in reasoning, actions and in deeds.

On her part, the Chairman, Trade Union Congress, Mrs Dinatu Assani has called for the upward review of the minimum wage from N18,000.00 in order to meet the current economic realities .
” We are canvassing for a National Minimum Wage of N66,500.00 among other issues “.

Responding, the Plateau State Government through the Head Of Service, Izam Azi, commended the Organized Labour for creating a conducive atmosphere for good governance and assured them of friendly labour/ government relations.

He expressed regret over government’s inability to fulfill some of the agreements reached, especially on the issue of ‘No Work No Pay’, the balance of salary, half payment and of the issue of minimum wage.

He said government is making great efforts towards ensuring that the plight of workers in the state is given due attention.

“As part of efforts of this Rescue Administration, Government has among other drives for the benefit of its workers, have approved N375m for the purchase of 800 hectares of land at Ragiki area in Bassa local government for the construction of Mass Low Cost Housing Unit for  Civil Servants”.

 

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