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Bauchi workers threaten strike over unpaid salaries

21 May 2014, 16:23

Bauchi - The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have threatened to go on strike over the inability of the Bauchi State Government to pay workers salaries in April and May.

The two unions, in joint statement issued on Wednesday in Bauchi, gave the government up to Friday, May 23 to pay the workers or face industrial action.

The statement was signed by the State NLC Chairman, Hashimu Gital and that of TUC, Muhammed Usman.

It said that the irregular payment of salaries by the government had impoverished the workers, forcing some of them to resort to begging "in order survive the hardship foisted on them since February''.

"Workers salaries for April 2014 and May 2014 must be paid on or before Friday May 23, 2014. The delay is unethical and morally wrong.

"The contract binding the workers and their employers has no bearing with the availability of or non-availability of resources; workers have worked and deserve their pay.

"Government should without further delay restore all illegal deductions from workers’ salaries and pay the salaries as and when due.

"Because if 10 per cent deduction from workers salaries is panacea for regular payment of salaries as requested by His Excellency, then late payment of salaries should be stopped.

"The legal and illegal deduction has amounted to 20 per cent,” it said.

The statement further called on the government to pay the backlog of gratuity and pension to retired workers, as well as remit to the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, all contributions made by workers for the National Housing Fund.

The unions urged the workers to remain calm, law abiding and await further announcement.

The state government has severally attributed the irregular salary payment to shortfall in its monthly allocation from the federation account.

 - NAN

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