Organized Labour in Kogi State has stated that they are yet to accept or reject the proposed 50 percent payment of 50 percent as April Salary to state workers, said they are still dialoguing with the state government.
This was revealed on Friday at a joint press conference organized by the state chairman of NLC and TUC, Onuh Edoka and Ranti Matthew respectively to mark this year Workers day.
Speaking on behalf of the organized Labour, the NLC chairman, Onuh Edoka said the organized Labour will make their position known to the state government weather they will accept or reject the pay reduction proposed by the state government after getting feed backs from their respective affiliates unions.
He said it was true state government has informed them on Wednesday that they could not meet up with their obligation for April Salary as they have been servicing bank draft every months to augment salary payment; proposing a half payment for April.
“We have a challenge in our hands over April 2020 salary which we are currently dialoguing, and we do hope that workers will not be short-changed in any form. We pray for fair deal from the State Government.
“However, Organized Labour will henceforth not entertain any justification for salary reduction especially at the Local Government and Primary School Levels.”
Labour who called on the state government to recruit more hands into the health and teaching sectors as they are running low on human resources; said government should also considered payment of outstanding allowances.
“May I use this occasion to inform you all that, apart from the payment of salaries, the entire Kogi Civil Servants are looking up to His Excellency to consider the payment of their 30% balance of their August to December 2017 salaries and other Salary arrears, annual increments, promotion cash-backing and leave bonuses, all of which were last implemented about eight (8) years ago. Above all, is the immediate implementation of the N 30,000= New Minimum Wage approved for all workers since April last year by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
“Equally, we call on the State Government to recruit more health personnel at all levels and also to provide adequate health facilities for our health professionals and institutions in the state so as to be fully prepared to curtail any outbreak of disease. I want to assure you all that by the Grace of God we are all going to survive this period and make history out of the pandemic.”
They also appealed to the state government to lift the embargo on Trade Unions activities at Tertiary Institutions that have lasted for almost four years; said the embargo has hindered robust Industrial relations practices in those higher institutions.
“While, we appreciate the employment done in the State core Civil Service last year, especially for Lawyers and other health professionals, we cannot fail to bring to the attention of His Excellency that there is urgent need for fresh Human Resources, especially in the Core Ministries and in the Secondary School Sector.
“There is no denying the fact that most offices and secondary schools are getting empty as a result of death and retirement of Civil Servants. This category of workers needs to be replaced urgently before their colleagues live service.”
However, a Human Right Activists in the State, Abdul Miliki has called on the organized labour not to accept the proposed reduction in their salary for the month of April.
He said doing so will give government Lee way to continue to shortchange workers in future dealings.
Miliki said state governor’s should forgo their bogois security votes and channeled such to augment salary payments.
He also enjoined them to considered using their transport allowances, since the COVID19 pandemic has limited them from traveling to do other meaningful things in the state.End.
NOTE ON PIX1. KOGI STATE NLC CHAIRMAN, ONUH EDOKA2. MEMBERS OF THE ORGANIZED LABOUR IN KOGI