Salary reduction: Labour suspends strike in Nasarawa, warns against workers’ victimization

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Labour leaders in Nasarawa State have suspended their two months old industrial action over the state government’s decision to review their salaries downward.

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The state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr Abdullahi Adeka, and his Trade Union Congress counterpart, Mr Danladi Sabo-Namo, announced the suspension in a statement on Friday.

The decision to suspend the strike followed a meeting between the Minister of Labour and Employment, the Nasarawa State Government, and the unions on Aug. 30, 2016.

According to the leaders, the Nasarawa State Government has reverted to the old salary structure as agreed during the meeting.

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They said that the government had commenced the payment of the shortfall of the proposed new salary structure and the old salary structure for May and June.

The union leaders said that the issue of July and August salaries would be addressed by the tripartite renegotiation committee inaugurated on Sept. 1.

He said, “In view of the above, the Organised Labour, at its SEC meeting held on Friday September 9, have agreed to suspend the ongoing strike to pave way for further discussion.

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“All workers are by this, directed to resume work immediately and there shall be no victimisation of any worker or employee arising from their participation in the strike or matters ancillary thereto”.

The organised labour in the state had on July 8, embarked on an indefinite strike over the decision of the state government to review their salaries downward.

On July 29, the National President of NLC, Mr Ayuba Wabba, held talks with Gov. Umaru Al-Makura in Government House Lafia, with a view to resolving the industrial crisis.

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However, two workers were allegedly killed by the police at the Government House gate during the talk with governor.

The incident sparked off a nationwide protest by the NLC on Aug. 23.

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