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Nasarawa Government, NLC  Crisis Deepens As Gov. Sule Dares Workers, Invokes ‘No-Work-No-Pay’

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Following the indefinite strike action by Organised Labour which started on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has involked ‘no-work-no-pay’ policy.

The governor’s directive was contained in a statement signed by Barr. Muhammad Ubandoma-Aliyu, Secretary to Nasarawa State Government (SSG) and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Lafia.

The governor also directed Permanent Secretaries (PS) to open attendance registers in all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to check those who would not come to work for the effective implementation of the policy of ‘no-work-no-pay.

The governor also said the government would take the organised labour to Industrial Court Makurdi, Benue State to challenge what the government called unilateral decision by the union.

Governor Sule in the statement also directed security agencies to deploy thier personnel to man all MDAs in the state to ensure law and order.

He further observed with concerned that officials of the union in the state denied workers unwilling to join the strike access to their offices.

Governor Sule however expressed the willingness of the government to continue to engage the organised labour with a view of finding amicable solutions to thirty grievances.

He therefore commended members and officials of National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) for refusing to participate in the strike.

MoneyCentral recalls that the organised labour in the state has commenced an indefinite strike action effective from Tuesday, June 15, 2021 over partial implementation of minimum wage and other welfare issues.

Comrade Yusuf Iya, Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and his Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart had directed workers to withdraw thier services effective from Tuesday.

The two leaders listed some of their demands to includes, partial implementation of minimum wage without recourse to due process of collective bargaining, lack of implementation of promotions since 2008.

Others are; lack of annual increments, lack of training, lack of confirmation of appointments of casual workers some of which are working for more than 10 years among others.

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