By Auta Obadiah Dauda

The Kaduna State Government and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) are now in serious battle over reduction of workers’ salary by 25% without prior agreement.

Elanza News reported yesterday, the complain of the state workers over deduction of their salaries without their consent.

But the state government in a statement issued by governor Nasir El-Rufai’s Special Adviser on media and Publicity, Muyiwa Adekeye, said polititical appointees also had their 50% of the salary cut-down.

The government said the money will be use to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the Kaduna state chapter of the NLC rejected the 25% salary cut.

The labour union asked the state government to return the deduction or “face the wrath” of the union.

The NLC Chairman, Ayuba Suleiman, while addressing a press conference in Kaduna on Wednesday, urged the government to stop the 25 per cent deduction forthwith.

He said: “Sequel to the deductions of 25 percent on the salary of all civil servants in Kaduna State, effective from April, 2020, labour in Kaduna State unequivocally rejects this deduction.

“This is because the Union was not consulted on the issue nor consented to the deduction.

“Article 8 of the International Labour Organization Protection of Wages Convention, 1949, (No.95) provides that deduction from wages shall be permitted only under conditions and to the extent prescribed by the National Laws or regulations or fixed by collective agreement or arbitration award.

“Labour in Kaduna State is not against the provision of palliatives to the poor to cushion the COVID19 lockdown from the salaries of civil servants in Kaduna State but wish to state that, it ought to be carried along, and such deductions or contributions should be made voluntary not compulsory,” Suleiman said insuring that as responsible working groups who are conscious of the predicament of the average citizens of Kaduna state, they are disposed to committing much higher for the wellbeing of the less-privileged if the need be, and proper process is followed.

“In view of the above, Labour in Kaduna calls on the Kaduna state government to stop the 25 per cent deduction henceforth and should return the 25 per cent salary already deducted from the workers.

“Failure to comply with the above will leave the labour in the state with no option than to explore other possible avenues within the purview of the law, ” Suleiman added.

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