Organised labour unions in Bauchi State yesterday commenced an indefinite strike over inability of the state government to pay two months’ salary arrears.
Nigerian Pilot investigation shows that most of the government offices in the state were shut down while few workers that turned out to work as early as possible on Wednesday were denied entrance by the labour leaders.
The gate of the Abubakar Umar state secretariat was shut down as early as 6am while other government offices like the state water board, Ministry of Land very closed to the deputy governor’s office, Treasury Division and the High Court Complex remained closed.
However, it was a different story at the State Universal Basic Education Board situated along Ran Road, when staff of the board reported for work were seen busy performing their work until when the labour leaders stormed the premises chanting labour songs and dispersed all the staff, including the management staff before locking the gate.
Some workers who spoke to our correspondent expressed their support to the decision taken by the labour leaders in the state, calling on the state government to pay the two months salaries of its workers before the expiration of its tenure.
Speaking on the situation, the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Hashimu Muhammad Gital commended workers in the state for complying with the strike, saying the strike would continue until the state government paid them their two months salaries.
The labour leaders had earlier accused the state government of using last month’s federal allocation to settle severance allowances of the outgoing political office holders and contractors, leaving the entire workers helpless.

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