The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, in Nasarawa State has declared an indefinite strike over the state government’s decision to cut workers’ salaries by 50 percent.
Abdullahi Adeka and Danladi Namo, State Chairmen of the NLC and TUC respectively made this known while addressing journalists at the Labour House in Lafia, Nasarawa State capital, saying that government’s reluctance to reverse its decision has left them no choice but to declare an indefinite industrial action.
According to Adeka, “We staged a peaceful protest to the government house on Monday 4 July, where we made it clear that if the government did not reverse its decision to cut our salaries, we would embark on strike,
“We told the Deputy Governor, Mr. Silas Agara who came and received our petition on behalf of the Governor that at the close of work on Monday, government must reverse the workers’ unfriendly decision or face strike.
“Since the government remains adamant, the unions would use its only weapon which is strike to press home its demands until the government returns and maintains the status-quo,”
The TUC Chairman, Namo, explained that government in its usual characteristics has resorted to intimidating workers especially Permanent Secretaries and Directors.
He urged all categories of workers in the payroll of the government of the state to continue to remain at home until they receive further directive form the union, promising workers across the state that there would be light at the end of the tunnel.
Governor Tanko Al-Makura had insisted that there was no going back on the decision.