By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The leadership of Organised Labour in Kogi state has unanimously rejected the proposed 50 percent payment of salaries for the month of July, 2017 to civil servants in the state.
The unions which comprises of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Public Sector Joint Negotiating Council (PSJNC) has also demanded for an explanation as to how the state government arrived at N3.1 billion as wage bill when reasonable number of workers had been laid off and were not paid.
In a bulletin issued by the organised labour which was signed by 33 executive members of the unions and made available to newsmen in Lokoja yesterday , the labour leaders said any payment short of 100 percent shall be regarded as a sallah gift to workers and not their salaries.
They stressed that before the endless screening exercise, the monthly wage bill inherited by Governor Yahaya Bello’s administration stood at N2.7 billion, maintaining that the amount took care of the “purported the good , the bad and the ugly in Kogi State public service”
The organised labour who disclosed that their meeting with the government over a shortfall in July 2017 monthly allocation was deadlocked, urged the state government to jealously guide the money at its disposal and keep it in safe custody.
The bulletin reads, “As worker, it will be better to take this stance today and safe tomorrow, as any attempt to take half salary shall be the beginning of percentage salary payment in Kogi State, while wishing you all a happy sallah though on empty stomach.”
The organised labour however urged the workers to remain calm and law abiding, advising them to wait for further directives from the unions .
With position of the organised labour leaders in the State, worker especially Muslims will face a bleak sallah holidays.