Workers suspend strike in Nasarawa

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Nigerian Workers on May Day
Workers suspend strike in Nasarawa

By Isaac Ukpoju/Lafia

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

Mr Abdullahi Adeka, the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and his Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart, Mr Danladi Sabo-Namo, announced the suspension in a statement jointly issued in Lafia on Friday.

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

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

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.

“ 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.

“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 News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that 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.

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.

*Edited by Shittu Obassa and  Oluwole Sogunle

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