NLC to Amosun: drop ‘no work, no pay' plan

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has warned Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun against implementing his threat of ‘no work, no pay' on the striking workers.

It said the strike followed the government's failure to implement the agreement  it had with the workers.

The congress also described the arrest and detention of Labour leaders by the State Governor for fighting for their
legitimate rights as undemocratic and condemnable.

Deputy President of the Congress and National President of Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU) Kiri Mohammed stated that the governor should understand that an agreement it had with the workers cannot be jettisoned.

Kiri, who is also the chairman of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (Trade Union side), said the workers are on strike due to the government's failure to pay "full salaries and other deductions".

He said: "The attention of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council has been drawn to the ongoing strike by public servants in Ogun State.

According to the statement, workers are on strike due to failure of the State Govern­ment to pay full salaries in­cluding deductions for the past seven months.

Council noted that the government has persistently failed to remit its percentage share of the contributory pension and the deductions from workers salaries to the Pension Fund Administrators as provided in 2004 Pension Act as amended.

"Council also observed that despite the bailout fund Ogun State received from the Federal Government, the state could only pay June 2015 salary in full.

"The Council unequivocally condemns the payment of salaries haphazardly and calls on the government to implement the agreement signed with the State Joint Public Service Negotiating Council."

Kiri lamented that what is happening in the state is unacceptable to its members, stressing that paying net salaries and leaving gross thereby withholding tax, cooperatives, contributing pensions, check off dues and other deductions which are part of the salaries, is an aberration.

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