-Demand payment of salary arrears
-Lawmaker maker move to stop action
ANOTHER ROUND of industrial crisis looms in Kogi State as the organised labour on yesterday threatened to resume their suspended strike over failure of government to honour the agreement reached with them. The workers also accused the present administration in the state of turning civil service into casual work with the introduction of some rules that were synonymous with “close-shop companies.” According to a letter of notice of strike addressed to the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the seven-day ultimatum for the industrial action would lapse on friday, September 22, following which the workers would begin the strike. The letter signed by the chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and his Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart, Ranti Ojo, particularly said the strike would commence because of government’s failure to pay salaries and other entitlements of the workers. The unions noted that the strike notice was sequel to the expiration of the time lag given to government within which to pay the July 2017 salary and to reverse some of the newly introduced rules that were not in tandem with the civil service rules. The workers demanded among other things, “That government should as a matter of urgency, rescind its decision on clocking in and out policy in the public service of Kogi state, which aims at casualising the service on daily pay basis. This negates the provisions of National Councils on Establishment’s principles and practices guiding the civil service in the country. “In addition, workers of Kogi State are not miners or workers of close-shop companies like Dangote, Nasco Groups of Companies, whose workers clock in and out. We find it extremely difficult to comprehend the issue, because government that could not fulfil its obligations to workers is out on a witch-hunting mission on monitoring and compelling workers with a draconian policy of clock in and out.