The Nasarawa State Chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, has commenced an indefinite strike this Saturday morning following the state government’s inability to meet their demands. The workers had earlier given the state government up till May11, 2017 to meet their demands or face an industrial action.
The state Secretary of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mohammed Naibi said the strike became imperative after the expiration of the ultimatum given to the state government.
In his words, ‘In the past six years, all the civil servants in the state had stagnated with no promotion and annual increment. Pensioners were also not paid their full entitlements as and when due; these are some of our grievances’.
The state government has however threatened to sanction workers who fail to report to their duty posts. Thomas Ogiri, the state’s Head of Service, called on workers to disregard the strike directive, saying the NLC was in disarray.
He directed permanent secretaries and chief executives of commissions, boards and parastatal, and agencies to take attendance of their staff saying that failure to comply with the directive would attract punishment while absenteeism would not be condoned.