The Organised Labour in Nasarawa State says they would shut down the State if the Local Government Chairmen go ahead with their plan to pay percentage salaries to staff of the Local Government Areas (LGAs).
Comr. Yusuf Iya, Chairman Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) who spoke on behalf the union, stated this while briefing newsmen on Wednesday (April 1, 2020) in Lafia.
According to him, their representatives at the LGA level had informed them that there was a plan by Chairmen of respective LGAs to pay them just 75 percent March salaries.
“Upon getting this information, we summoned a meeting of the State Working Committee (SWC) and got briefs from those that were informed by their LGA Chairmen.
“Having heard from them, we have decided that any attempt to return workers to the days of percentage salaries would be rejected.
“We would be left with no option than to shut down the state should they go ahead with their plan,” the Chairman added.
He noted that at this time of COVID-19 where movement is restricted and most economic activities luck down, workers need more money to feed well so as not to die of hunger.
He further applauded Governor Abdullahi Sule for ending percentage payment in the State immediately he assumed office and advised the LGA Chairmen to support the Governor by giving priority to workers’ welfare.
“The Governor has restored full payments to salaries and monthly pension to workers and retirees, therefore his effort should be supported,” Iya said.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the briefing was attended by Chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Umar Doma, Chairman Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, Shawulu Tama among others.