Gombe state branch of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has urged the civil servants in the state to be punctual to work and to close at appropriate time, warning that defaulters would be sanctioned according to laid down civil service rules.
The Chairman, Gombe state branch of NLC, Comrade Haruna Kamara spoke yesterday while briefing the press as part of the activities to mark this year’s World Day for a Decent Work in the state.
Mr Kamara said that NLC will pay impromptu visits ministries, departments and agencies to enforce compliance and fish out defaulters
He reminded civil servants that they were vital to development because no government progresses without them.
“I will also like to call on civil servants of Gombe state to reciprocate government gesture by going to work on time and close on time. They should know as civil servants, they have an obligation to meet.”
The labour leader also implored workers to remain calm as necessary step have been taken to ensure to resolve issues like the pending promotion arrears and implementation of teachers in primary schools and the restoration of 50 percent allowances cut during the N18, 000 minimum wage negotiations
He also appealed to retirees who have long been waiting for their gratuity to be paid to be a little more patient assuring that NLC is discussing with Gombe state government with a view to settling these gratuities.
He said a biometric exercise would be carried out in order to determine the actual number of retirees before commencing payment of gratuities to retirees in Gombe state.
He said NLC in the same vain is resolute about embarking on staff auditing through biometric data capture exercise in an effort to determine the ghost workers in their midst and to know the actual number of those on the payroll.
The labour Chairman appreciated Gombe state government for prompt payment of salaries and allowances to workers.
He said the Decent Work Day is meant to mobilize and sensitise workers on social issues such as casualization of labour, discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS among others as well as afford workers opportunity to air their views on improving the civil service.

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