…vows to challenge govt’s no work, no pay threat
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has disclosed that the Niger State Government owes pensioners over N50 billion in gratuities and death benefits.
The chairman of the NLC, Niger State Chapter, Comrade Yakubu Garba who disclosed this at the weekend, warned the State Government not to go ahead with its ‘no work no pay threat’ threat, saying the union will challenge it in court.
Speaking with Journalists at the NUT secretariat in Minna after the State Executive Council meeting of the Nigeria Union of Teachers and annual prayers, Garba said the state government finance for a period of one year cannot pay liabilities owed workers in the state.
He said, “the pensioners who the state government owes over N50 billion would sue if the State Government invokes no work no pay threat.”
He further disclosed that the organised labour has issued to the state government a 14 day ultimatum to meet its various demands or face industrial action.
Accordingly, he said “the 14 day ultimatum issued by the state chapter of NLC is on course. We have deliberated on that and we will push it to the end. We are not saying give us 100 per cent of our needs but what the government is offering should be reasonable.
The payment of February salary will determine our next line of action”. While explaining that labour in the state was not oblivious of the economic situation in the country and were not asking that all demands must be met, but that “the government must show sincerity and willingness to fulfill their obligation to workers.