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Bailout Fund: Labour Gives Benue Govt 72hrs Ultimatum To Pay Workers

Posted: Oct 28, 2015 at 7:35 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The organised labour in Benue State has lamented the hardship being visited on workers in the state over the delay in payment of their salary arrears and has issued a 72-hour ultimatum to the Ortom administration to pay workers outstanding wages from the bailout fund recently accessed from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) or risk a disruption of “industrial harmony and tranquility.”

In a joint communique issued by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Joint Pensions and Salaries Negotiation Committee (JPSNC) Wednesday, October 28, 2015, in Makurdi, labour appreciated the state government for accessing the bailout funds to settle salary arrears to workers, but rejected the idea of screening the workers as a prerequisite to the payments, stressing that “the said “bailout” fund was assessed based on the payment vouchers of the months in arrears; therefore, the fund is the representation of the financial implication of salary arrears owed Benue workers.”

The communiqué, which was co-signed by Godwin Anya, Ordue T. and Philip Ter. Nongo as leaders of NLC, TUC and JPSNC, respectively, also passed a vote of no confidence on the contractor handling the biometric staff verification exercise in the state, whom they claimed is incompetent having handled a similar exercise during the immediate past administration without any tangible results, therefore, and called for termination of his contract.

The unionist further appealed to the Benue State House of Assembly to suspend its intended screening of workers in the state pending formal consultations between both parties, while appealing to the suffering workers to remain calm and peaceful as organised labour will ensure that their interests are adequately protected.

.Source: Scannews