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We Are Not Being Owed Salaries, A’Ibom Workers Say

Posted: Jun 20, 2015 at 2:25 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Idongesit Ashameri, Uyo

Workers in Akwa Ibom State on Saturday, June 20, 2015, said that they were not being owed salaries by the state government.

This is contrary to reports including Akwa Ibom among states owing their workers salaries.

The Labour movement in the state led by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) at a  Conference in Uyo, the state capital, declared as false, the piece of news carried by the network service of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) that the Akwa Ibom State government has not paid the salaries of workers under its employ up to May 2015.

Represented by the state NLC Chairman, Etim Ukpong, the  Labour movement said that the essence of the briefing was to put the records straight in the genuine spirit of honesty, fairness and justice as honest citizens.

“We are in the best position to speak for ourselves, and for or against those whose duty is to pay us. Let us say emphatically here that workers in the employ of Akwa Ibom State government have received salaries up to May 2015.

“After all, it is dearly known that if there is any group that can, and must stand up to the government or the employer on matters that affect the welfare of workers, the welfare of the general public, at any time where government seems to have deviated from its sworn duty to the people, it is Labour. And Labour in this state will never shrink from this sworn duty, come rain or shine.

” In the same token, Labour is mature, and objective enough to applaud government whenever it does well, and to rise to the defense of government only when it is necessary since Labour is also a citizen of the state. Our reason for doing this is clear. We the workers are the ones who receive or do not receive salaries and other entitlements whenever they are paid or are not paid”.