09 January 2021 by Abdullahi jalaluddeen
The Kano State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC says it will embark on strike if the State Government does not stop further deduction of workers and pensioners salaries in the State.
The Chairman, Comrade Kabiru Ado Minjibir stated this during a media briefing organized by the NLC, TUC and Joint negotiating Council in Kano.
He said the State Government should stop futher deductions and promptly pay back the two months so far deducted or face legal and industrial actions.
The State Government had said in a statement that the deductions made in the months of November and December, 2020 were meant to ensure smooth running of Government activities due to a fall in Federal allocations and Internally Generated Revenue ocassioned by the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the decision was to prevent issues of half salary, batch payment or at the extreme lay off of workers.
“Should there be any further deduction, reversal or any foul play on salary or pensions under whatever excuse, the labour unions would be left with no other alternative than to take appropriate legal or industrial action to seek redress.”
Minjibir maintained that it was uncalled for, at a time when Lagos State Government is giving 30 percent salary bonus to it’s workers, Katsina, Zamfara and Borno states where there are crisis are not tampering with workers salaries, but Kano State without crisis is deducting workers salaries.
He urged workers to remain at alert for further directives, pray for the challenges to be over, while assuring them of the Union’s commitment in defending their interests at all times.
Minjibir, however debunked the much publicized story on the State Government’s reversal of the N30,600 minimum wage to N18,000 calling it a Malicious and ill-motivated 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 consulted,” said Comrade Minjibir.
He reminded the Kano State Government that in case of any foul play, the Minimum wage is a product of tripartite negotiation and cannot therefore under whatever circumstances be subjected to unilateral review.
The NLC Chairnan, added that Salary and pension are legitmate rights NOT privillages that can be exploited and manipulated anyhow.