By Solomon Attah, Lafia
The Organised Labour in Nasarawa State has threatened to shut down the state, should chairmen of the 13 Local Government insist on their plan to pay percentage salaries to staff of the Local Government Areas in the state.
The organized labour unnanimously condemned the intention and actions of local government authorities in the state, saying that, with the situation of restrictions and lockdown people are faced with, workers need more funds to feed well and take care other families.
The state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Yusuf Iya who spoke on behalf the organised union in a briefing to newmen warned that any attempt to pay salary in percentage would amount to paralysing services at the local level
“Any attempt to pay salary in percentage, the organised labour in the state will not and will never accept it as it will lead to industrial crisis.”
“Our representatives at the local government levels have informed us that there is a plan by Chairmen of respective local governments to pay them just 75 percent March salaries.
“Upon getting this information, we summoned a meeting of the state working committee (SWC) and got briefs from those that were informed by their local government Chairmen.
“Having had from them, we have decided that any attempt to return workers to the days of percentage salaries would be rejected.
“We would be left with no option than to shut down the state should they go ahead with their plan,” the Chairman explained.
He noted that at this time of COVID-19 where movement is restricted and most economic activities luck down, workers need more money to feed well so as not to die of hunger.
Iya however applauded Governor Abdullahi Sule for ending percentage payment in the state immediately he assumed office and advised the Chairmen to support the governor by given priority to workers welfare.
“The governor has restored full payments to salaries and monthly pension to workers and retirees, therefore is effort should be supported,” Iya said.
The briefing had in attendance Chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Umar Doma, Chairman Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, Shawulu Tama among other officials.