Niger workers begin indefinite strike

The Niger State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has announced the beginning of indefinite strike action by state and local government workers in the state.

The NLC stated that there was a breach in the ongoing negotiations between government and Labour by a local government council.

The state workers began a seven-day warning strike on March 8 and extended the strike at the end of the first seven days by additional 14 days as negotiations with the government had not been concluded.

In a statement by the chairman of the state NLC, Comrade Yakubu Garba, the union expressed displeasure over the plan by some local government chairmen to play a fast one on the union. One of the local government councils paid its members of staff 70 per cent of February salary on Tuesday.

For the past one week, the NLC had been insisting that they would not accept anything less than 100 per cent salaries for members of staff at the local government level.

“It has come to the notice of Organised Labour that 70 per cent of February 2022 salary was paid to workers of Rafi Local Government Area yesterday (March 15, 2022). The percentage payment was neither consented to by civil servants in the Rafi council nor the representative of the unions.

The act negates the progress made in the ongoing negotiation between the Organised Labour and representatives of Niger State Government headed by the Deputy Governor.

“Consequent on the above, the Organised Labour hereby notifies civil servants in the state and 25 local government areas that the ongoing 14-day warning strike is transmuted to indefinite strike action effective from today (yesterday).” The NLC chairman declared that the strike will remain in force until salaries of workers in 25 local government areas are paid in 100 per cent gross component.

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