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By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Kogi State may have drawn a battle line over the threat to resume the suspended strike.

The organised labour in Kogi State has disclosed that the state governor,  Alhaji Yahaya Bello was planing to proscribed various labour unions in the state if workers embark on an indefinite strike this coming Friday.

This contained  in a statement jointly issued by the Secretaries of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Olakunle Faniyi, Trade Union Congress, Comrade Kolawole James and Alhaji I.A Abubakar of Joint Public Sector Negotiating Council which copy was made available to journalists in Lokoja.

The statement said  that the state government has began her antics of threats and intimidation of workers,  branding the weapons of sack and the over used but ineffective ‘no-work-no-pay’ slogan, all of which have no place in any civilised setting.

“It is true that Kogi State government is threatening to proscribe NLC and TUC if workers embark on strike cones this coming Friday.

“This government has brought workers down to the lowest level and as such we fear neither fall or sack nor non-payment of salary,” the statement noted.

The union therefore called on workers to disregard all the maneuvering of government aimed at using flimsy and irrelevant innuendos to take attentions away from the core foundation of their agitations.

“We are resolute on saying NO to the casualization of the Kogi State workforce through the clock-in-clock-out policy, we reject completely the attempt of government to use a hoarse contributory pension scheme to further impoverish workers, and we insist that government pay the salaries and pension scheme of worker and pensioners  who have been denied salaries and pension for the past 21 months and other categories of arrears ranging from 2 to 3 months and we demand the stoppage of percentage payment of salaries to primary schools teachers and local government workers.

“We therefore call on government to channel her energies towards meeting all the demands of workers and stop dissipating energy on the status of signatories of our bulletins,” the statement stated.

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