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Edo workers begin 3-day warning strike

03 December 2013, 21:52

Benin - Edo workers on Tuesday started a three-day warning strike over some lingering labour disputes with the state government.

The Edo chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on December 1, in Benin directed the workers to embark on the strike if the state government failed to meet their demands.

The Edo NLC Chairman, Emmanuel Ademokun told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the workers want the immediate payment of the balance of 20 per cent of consolidated salary structure for health workers in the state.

Ademokun said that the workers, among other demands, wanted the implementation of the balance 10.5 per cent Teachers Special Allowance (TSA) as the state government earlier agreed with the NLC.

He said that the government should also address the non promotion of public servants since 2011 and the immediate constitution of the board Edo State Civil Service Commission.

Ademokun said that NLC had on November 29 notified the state government of its resolve to embark on the strike.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that workers of the state-owned agencies complied with the NLC directive.

A visit by NAN to some of the agencies showed that most of the gates to the establishments were under lock and key.

Some of the offices visited include the state secretariat on Sapele Road; and the State Ministry of Information and Orientation.

Others were the premises of Edo State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, the state Sports Council and public schools.

The leadership of the NLC urged the workers to ignore government’s "no-work-no pay" threat.

-  NAN

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