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The Niger State Government may have defied threats by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) of an industrial action should the government go ahead with the 50 per cent reduction of civil servants’ salary in the state.
The state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, had declared that the government would no longer borrow money to pay salary of civil servants, and therefore pleaded with labour to accept 50 per cent cut.
The decision, however, did not go down well with labour as the union was said to have walked out of an expanded stakeholders’ meeting organised by the government with traditional rulers, and led by its Chairman, Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar and members of NLC, led by its chairman, and comrades in attendance.
The NLC, in a statement after the meeting, said the union vehemently rejected the proposal by the government, saying the status quo of salary payment in the state must be maintained.
The statement which was jointly signed by the Chairman, Comrade Idris Ndako and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) Chairman, Comrade Yunusa Tenimu, therefore, gave the government two weeks ultimatum to pay all outstanding salaries for the month of May, and the full payment of subsequent months.
He pointed out that failure of which organised labour would be left with no option than to commence an indefinite strike action.
But, on Friday, civil servants in the state were shocked when they began to receive salary alerts from their various banks with 50 per cent reduction.
When contacted on the development, the NLC chairman insisted that the union stood by its earlier warning to the government of full payment of workers’ salary or face industrial action.
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