The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has refuted claims by the Kaduna State Government that it recruited hoodlums to cause mayhem during its strike.
The congress said it is not in its character to indulge in such uncivilized practice like politicians.
In a press statement, the state NLC chairman, Comrade Ayuba Magaji Suleiman, assured that all its affiliates are fully committed to participate in the strike action without compulsion.
“The warrant of arrest on the National President of NLC Comrade Ayuba Waba as claimed by Kaduna State Government is an unwarranted intimidation on labour movement. This is considered as a violation of human right act. The National President’s involvement in this action is intended to protect the interest of Kaduna State workers,” the statement read.
“Earlier, we were misled to commend the Kaduna State Government for being the first State to implement N30, 000 minimum wage to both civil servants and the retirees. However, we noted with dismay that the government reverted to old minimum wage of N18, 000 in the month of April, 2021, salary in the local government council, about N20, 000, State civil servants received half salary which is even less than the former N18, 000 minimum wage.
“Health workers were denied almost all their allowances such as hazard, call duty, shifting, rural posting etc.
“It’s disheartening to say that Kaduna State Government, on the basis of their claim, had paid up to 14 billion Naira as arrears of death benefit and gratuity from 2017 but the fact is that the same government disengaged over 35,000 civil servants in 2017 and up to date over 80 percent have not received their retirement benefits.”
The NLC noted that it is sad for the state government to claim its commitment to training of workers while those that are qualified for promotion remain stagnant for years.
It also refuted claims by the government of supporting civil servants to pay for houses through mortgages on a single digits interest, stressing that the reality of this was that the mortgages were gotten by the joint effort of NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC)
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