Salary deduction: NLC gives Kano gov’t 14-day ultimatum or embark on strike

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The organised labour union has issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Kano state government to pay back the deduction of the workers’ salary for the month May and fulfill all their stipulates demands or face strike.

The joint union, in the communique issued after meeting with NLC and other stakeholders in Kano on Wednesday said the action of the government has clearly violated the agreement of 2019 and should be quickly reversed.

According to the chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Kano Chapter, who read the communique before the newsmen, “the salary deduction for the month of May without the consent of the labour side is illegal.”

He noted that the state government had violated the existing minimum wage law 2019, which is a product of tripartite committee, entered into agreement and sent to the legislature by the executive body by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He also lamented that the government did not renege its promise for the payment of April, November 2019 arrears to workers from the implementation of the consequential adjustment arising from N30, 000 minimum wage as agreed with labour side(JNC) on December, 19, 2019.

He also stated that the meeting observed that “the state government fails to implement fully, the signed agreement of the consequential adjustment arising from the N30, 000 minimum wage to workers in Local Government, primary health care and SUBEB (primary school teachers), tertiary institutions and Ministry of Justice, thereby unilaterally implement partially without the consent of the labour side representing them,” he said

He therefore disclosed that “the meeting in session frown with dismay and demand for immediate payment of April- November 2019 arrears to all category of civil servants in the State as per the agreement reached between government and labour side (JNC) in December 2019 on consequential adjustment.

“The meeting in session demand the refund of relativity allowances to all entitled and affected members in the State for the month of May 2020 and stop further deduction to respect the agreement reached in May 2018.

“The meeting in session demands for full implementation of the signed agreement between government and Labour side (JNC) reached in December, 2019 on consequential adjustment arising from the implementation of N30,000 minimum wage to all local government, primary school teachers, primary health care workers across the 44 local government areas, tertiary institutions and Ministry of Justice workers in the state,” he said.

He therefore warned the government that to respect the all the agreements reached and pay back the deducted the salary for the month of May from today (Wednesday) to June 15 or face 7-day warning strike, thereafter the organized labour take the next line of action.

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