Uyo - The Nigerian Labour Congress, Akwa Ibom State chapter, has given the state governor Udom Emmanuel a 21-day ultimatum to resolve all pending labour grievances or risk industrial action.
The state executive of the NLC, after its meeting on Friday in Uyo, accused the state government of not recognising the existence of labour in the state.
The union described the government as being insensitive to the plights of civil servants in the state and accused it of blackmailing the organised labour.
The state NLC Chairman, Etim Ukpong, said the meeting was necessitated by the state government’s unwillingness to address the backlog of workers’ grievances in the state for over six years.
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He said the government has failed to address workers’ plight such as payments of gratuities to local government retirees and workers living and dead since 2009, payment of leave grants to teachers, local government workers and workers in the parastatals, many of them dating back to 2012, harmonisation of retirees’ pensions in line with the law which stipulates upward review of pensions after five years, or whenever there was a new minimum wage in place.
He listed other issues to include the release and implementation of promotions to civil servants, payment of promotion arrears, refund of 7.5 per cent deducted from workers’ salaries in the name of contributory pensions scheme, which was abrogated by the state House of Assembly two years ago, payment of salaries to teachers absorbed from taking over community schools since 2013, payment of salaries to civil servants, nurses, doctors, house officers and other health workers employed since 2014.
- News 24