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Plateau workers set for strike

09 December 2012, 07:41

Jos - Organised labour in Plateau says its planned strike is to hold on Monday after the expiration of a 10-day ultimatum to the State Government to implement the N18,000 minimum wage.

The Chairman of the NLC in Plateau, Jubril Bancir, gave the strike notice on Saturday in Jos at a news conference after a meeting with the Special Task Force (STF) maintaining peace in the state failed to reach an agreement.

Bancir said there was no going back on the threat by labour to shut down all government and private businesses on Monday, due to the State Government’s failure to implement the N18,000 minimum wage to Local Government employees.

He said the government had yet to make any move to stop the industrial action.

Bancir said that labour was not aware of the purported court injunction, ordering it not to go on the planned strike.

According to him, no such order has been received either by the national or state secretariats of the NLC as at the time of the conference.

He, however, said that talks with the STF, aimed at resolving the impasse, failed because the state chapter of the NLC could not calloff a strike, ordered by its national secretariat.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the STF had in a statement described the issue as capable of jeopardising the relative peace in Plateau.

The statement signed by Capt. Salisu Mustapha was issued after talks to persuade the state chapter of the NLC to call off the impending strike failed.

In the statement, the STF said that it had come to its notice that the NLC had summoned all workers, private establishments, traders and all service providers to withdraw their services by midnight on Dec 10.

The STF said the continued insistence of labour on the strike was in disobedience to the interim injunction by the National Industrial Court, restraining all workers or labour unions in the state from declaring or embarking on any strike.

"However, the STF is aware of the ill motive of some supporters and sympathisers who intend to come all the way from neighbouring states to take advantage of a supposed peaceful action to cause chaos,” the release said.

The STF called on residents of Plateau to desist from acts that could set back the peace process, calling on labour leaders to abide by the court injunction in order to avoid any breach of security

Workers in Plateau have been on strike since the past eight months.


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