Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, yesterday enjoined state governors owing workers salaries to offset the bills before handing over to their successors on May 29 or risk total industrial crisis in their respective states.
The congress listed some of the states to include, Benue, Plateau, Osun, and Ekiti among others which are owing workers salaries between six to eight months in arrears.
Delivering a valedictory speech at the opening of the 9th Quadrennial National Delegates’ Conference of Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria, MHWUN, in Abuja, NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba said the congress has already directed its members in the affected states to commence mass protest from May 1 when Workers Day would be observed worldwide till May 29 when the outgoing governors would hand over to the new administration.
“All the states have been effectively informed and directed to do so. The fight will start from May Day to May 29 when they will be doing handing over to their successors. We see no reason why the state governors would not pay salaries.
“Salary is a legitimate earning of the workers. They are not doing a favour to the workers by paying their salaries; it’s their right,” he said.
He said the states where workers are being owed salaries would not enjoy the support of workers between now and when new administration comes in.
“It is a position that we have already taken and we already commissioned our state councils to do that effectively and this decisions must be taken seriously. The state councils must not allow the governors that are serving out to go with their salary arrears, ‘’he said.
He said that NLC would not relent until the new government pays the salary arrears, thus urging the incoming government under President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari to prioritise investment in health infrastructure.
Comrade Wabba demanded that the federal and state governments should provide universal health coverage through the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, and extend the coverage to the rural communities.
In his speech, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Senator Joel Ikenya commended the union for their various achievements in the health sector.
Represented by the Director of Industrial Relations, Mrs. Chinedu Dike, the minister charged the health workers to focus more on research of cure for different diseases, especially the case of Ebola which took several lives last year.

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