Plateau Workers Call Off Seven Month Old Strike

The seven month old strike action embarked upon by workers in Plateau state has been called off. This follows the extension of a series of meeting mediated by the minister of labour and productivity, Emeka Wogu, between the striking workers and representatives of the state government.

MINISTER OF LABOUR AND PRODUTIVITY, CHIEF EMEKA WOGU (M), WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF PLATEAU GOVERNMENT AND THE NIGERA LABOUR CONGRESS (NLC), DURING A MEETING ON THE SUSPENSION OF PLATEAU WORKERS' STRIKE IN ABUJA ON THURSDAY (20/12/12). Photo Credit: NAN
MINISTER OF LABOUR AND PRODUCTIVITY, CHIEF EMEKA WOGU (M), WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF PLATEAU GOVERNMENT AND THE NIGERIA LABOUR CONGRESS (NLC), DURING A MEETING ON THE SUSPENSION OF PLATEAU WORKERS’ STRIKE IN ABUJA ON THURSDAY (20/12/12). Photo Credit: NAN

Thereafter the Governor of the state, Jonah David Jang on Thursday announced that “after due consideration of the on-going strike by Local Government workers government has decided that although the ‘No work No pay’ status of the law is before the National Industrial Court for interpretation, government has on compassionate grounds approved the payment of salaries to resuming workers with effect from October to December, 2012.”

In a statement signed by the Governor’s Director of Press, Mr. James Mannok, Jang admonished the workers “to resume work and take advantage of this gesture along with many of their colleagues that have since reported to work and paid their October, 2012 salaries.”

It would be recalled that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and other unions in Plateau State had embarked on strike to press for the implementation of the new minimum wage and other labour-related issues.

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