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NLC Gives Edo Ultimatum On LG Workers Salaries

Posted: Jun 23, 2015 at 12:59 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Isaac Olamikan  –   Benin


Controversy continued to trail the remuneration status of local government workers in Edo state as the leadership of the Edo State Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) described as a callous act the non-payment of several months salaries of local government workers in the state.

Weeks back, Members of the Edo State chapter of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) had refuted allegations made a few days ago by the chairman of the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Dan Osi Orbih that the Adams Oshiomhole-led state government tampered with monthly allocations of local governments in the state running into billions of naira, thus resulting in the non payment of local government workers for several months.

However, the NLC which insisted that local government workers were being owed said that the act was a deliberate act meant to undermine the sensibility of organised labour as it called on the state and local government administrations to pay their staff within two weeks or the NLC “may be forced to declare a trade dispute.”

The NLC also called on the state government to also resolve the issues in the state judiciary saying that the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) “are our members whose wellbeing is our primary responsibility to protect.”

The NLC condemned casualisation, saying that it was against the International Labour Organisation convention which abhors casualisation in whatever form or name.

The Edo State Government has embarked on Youth Empowerment Scheme (YES).

The NLC lamented the decay in the state public saying that the civil service was almost empty as no new staff had been recruited in recent times. It called on the Edo state Government “to as a matter of urgency commence the process of recruitment into the state public service to save the state from an imminent systemic collapse.”