The leadership of the Bauchi State chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC and Trade Union Congress has called on the Bauchi State Government to urgently pay the over N20 billion gratuity of retirees in the state.
Bauchi State NLC Chairman, Comrade Danjuma Saleh said this in a press conference on Wednesday in Bauchi at the secretariat of the NUJ.
He said the non-payment of the gratuity to retirees as at when due, has made life unbearable for many so much such that most of the affected retirees cannot afford to meet basic necessities of living in the light of current economic misfortunes prevalent in the country.
The Chairman said the approved N30,000 minimum wage has not been implemented across all cadres of workers under the payroll of the Bauchi State government.
“The issue of utmost concern to our retirees who are being subjected to hardship due to non-payment of gratuity; this is an issue that gives the leadership of the organised labour sleepless nights.
“All of us that are serving today will retire one day and face similar challenges if it is not adequately addressed today.
“There is also the issue of outstanding promotions and non-implementation of promotions and annual increment which has been persisting.
“I wish to, however, use this opportunity to call on the state government to address the pending issue of consequential adjustment of salary of officers on GL7 and above without further delay,” he said.