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NLC threatens industrial action over salary deductions

Kano State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on workers to remain alert for the possibility of a strike action if the state government does not suspend the deduction of workers and pensioners salaries.

Chairman of the NLC Chapter in Kano, Comrade Kabiru Ado Minjibir who stated this during a media briefing by the NLC, TUC and Joint negotiating Council in Kano called on the state government to promptly payback the deductions made two months ago or face legal and industrial actions.

The state government in an earlier press release said that the deductions made in the months of November and December 2020 were meant to keep governance going due to fall in Federal allocations and Internally Generated Revenue ocassioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the decision was to prevent issues of half salary, batch payment or lay off of workers.

“Should there be any further deduction, reversal or any foul play on salaries or pensions under whatever excuse, the labour centers would be left with no other alternative than to take appropriate legal and/or industrial action to seek for redress”, the Chairman warned.

Comrade Minjibir maintained that the development was uncalled for at a time when Lagos State Government was giving 30% salary bonus to its workers, while Katsina, Zamfara and Borno states having crisis were not tempering with workers salaries and Kano State having no crisis is deducting workers salaries.

The Labour leader however debunked the much publicised story on Kano State Government’s reversal of the N30,600 minimum wage to N18,000 calling it a Malicious and ill-motivated grapevine publication.

“Concerned by the development and to avoid taking chances, the Congress reached out to the relevant stakeholders in the Government to ascertain the authenticity of the publication which was disowned by those sofar consulted.”

The NLC chairman added that salaries and pensions were legitmate rights not privillages that can be exploited and manipulated.

Abdullahi Jalaluddeen

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