Kogi Workers To Resume Strike Over Non-Payment Of Salary Arrears

NLCOrganised labour in Kogi State on Monday threatened to resume its indefinite strike to press home the demand for the payment of the outstanding five-month salary arrears owed workers.
This is contained in a communiqué issued by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) at the end of an emergency meeting in Lokoja, the state capital.
The communiqué was jointly signed by Mr Onuh Edoka, the state NLC Chairman; Mr Ojo Ranti Matthew, Chairman of TUC and Mr Aaron Akeji, the Chairman of JNC.
The organized labour based its decision to resume the strike on failure by the state government to keep to its previous promises to pay the salary arrears.
It also condemned the payment of salary in piecemeal; adding that salaries for the months of October and November, 2015 were paid three months after each of the month was due.
The communiqué also decried the exclusion of workers employed between January and December, 2015 from receiving the November, 2015 salaries.
It, therefore, urged the state government to pay those affected because they worked for the month.
According to the communiqué, “the state government is claiming that the employment of the concerned workers was irregular, since there was an embargo on employment in the state”.