By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The Organised Labour in Kogi State has sent save our lives (SOS) message to President Muhammadu Buhari to direct humanitarian agencies to of Federal government to send relief materials to the dying workers in Kogi State.
This was contained in a press statement jointly signed by the Secretaries of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Olakunle Family, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade, Kolawole James and the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, Comrade and copy of which was made available to Journalists in Lokoja, yesterday.
The Labour explained that the agony workers of Kogi State are passing through are not in any way less than the experiences of victims of natural disaster.
“The situation where workers can not afford to even one meal a day and pay the school fees of their children is already humanitarian issue.
“As it stands today in Kogi State, over thirty percent of workers are being owed twenty one months salaries. Twenty percent percent have unpaid salaries of salaries between eleven and eighteen months while about forty-five percent took their salaries up till June this year.
“These are the categories of workers Kogi State Government is forcing to embracing the clock in, clock out policy.”
The Organised Labour has urged the government to treat Kogi State workers with dignity , stressing that that not even in the era of the slave trade that slaves are forced to work on empty stomach.
“It is most unfortunate that the State Government instead of apologizing to workers and their families over the untold hardship that they had been subjected to, the government takes delight in buying pages of Newspapers to roll out falsehood on how workers have been paid their salaries up till July,” the statement stressed.
The Labour therefore advised the State Government to accept the reality on ground and stop current intimidation and coercion tactics they usually employ when workers demands for their rights.
They also called on well meaning Kogites and other Nigerians not to sit on the fence on issues affecting the.lives of millions indegenes of the State.