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Nasarawa Govt. Spitfire, Insist On No Work No Pay As Labour Vows to Demonstrate

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The Nasarawa State Government says it would strictly use the attendance registers from the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to pay June salaries. Alh. Musa Dangana, Executive Chairman, Nasarawa State Civil Service Commission read the resolutions taken at the end of an emergency Expanded State Executive Council on Friday in Lafia.
He added that the meeting resolved that Permanent Secretaries (PS) and heads of other (MDAs) should submit their attendance register to the Head of Service for preparation payment vouchers for June salaries.
“The government maintained its stand on the No-Work-No-Pay order and anyone participating in the ongoing strike should not expect any payment for the period of the strike. Accordingly, salaries for the month of June, 2021 shall be paid based on the attendance registers, therefore, willing workers are enjoined to resume duties immediately to enable them to get their salaries,” he added.
He also accused the leaders of the organised labour for continuous picketing of offices and harassment of workers from gaining access to their offices and illegal removal of attendance registers in MDAs.
He blamed the officials of the organised labour in the state for not having the interest of other members of the public at heart. Dagan explained that labour wanted the government to use available resources to implement promotions and pay their salaries only rather than executing viable projects that would benefit everybody.
The CSC chairman added that the government was not opposed to the removal of the clause that labour was kicking against in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between them to end the ongoing strike in the state. He however, said that if promotions were implemented, the government would not hesitate to revert to the present salary template in the event of substantial shortfall from the Federation Accounts Allocation to the State. He therefore said that as  demonstration of goodwill and quest for harmonious government-Labour relations for the benefit of the people, the administration’s doors are open for continuous negotiations with the union.
Our correspondent reports that the organised labour in the state had embarked on an indefinite strike on June 15 to press home demands for better welfare for its members.Some of the demands of the union 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.Our correspondent also gathered that the Yusuf Iya, Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and his Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart had on Tuesday, June 25 accused the government of doctoring the agreement written by both parties.
Reacting to the development in a telephone chart with our correspondent, the state labour chairman said signing of a register is not a criteria for payment of workers salaries. He however said labour in the state apart from staging a peaceful protest will consult her legal team for next line of action.
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