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Habeeblah Olamilekan
Kwara state polytechnic,ilorin
Graduate, Nigeria.
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The Abia State Chairman of Nigeria Labour
Congress (NLC), Uchenna Obigwe, says the
organised labour in the state had issued a seven-
day ultimatum to the state government ahead of
an imminent strike over the unpaid arrears of
workers’ salaries and allowances in the state.

The ultimatum was contained in a statement
jointly issued in Umuahia on Friday by the NLC,
Joint Negotiating Council and Trade Union
Congress. The group said that the ultimatum was
a prelude to an impending strike.
It warned that labour should not be held
responsible “for any breach of industrial peace
and harmony in the state,” should government
fail to address their concerns at the expiration of
the ultimatum.

“A labourer deserves his wages,” it stated,
adding that the organised labour was not
satisfied with the “sectoral pattern of payment of
workers’ salaries in the state since the inception
of the present administration.”

It also stated that the unwholesome
development “has placed an average worker in
the state in a beggarly position economically.”

According to a list of the arrears released by the
group, primary school teachers were owed three
months, while secondary school teachers were
last paid in October 2018.

Others include Hospital Management Board (11
months); Abia State Universal Basic Education
Board (four months); Abia State University
Teaching Hospital, Aba (13 months) and Abia
State Polytechnic, Aba, last paid in April 2018,
plus partial payment in May, the same year.

The organised labour said that while the senior
staff of the College of Health Science, Aba, were
owed nine months, their junior counterparts were
owed eight months.

Also, Abia College of Education (Technical),
Arochukwu were owed 18 months, Abia State
University, Uturu (four months); local government
workers last paid in March, plus half salary in
October 2018.

The rest were State Education Management
Board (SEMB) (eight months); Agricultural
Development Programme (14 months), Ministries
of Agriculture and Lands, Survey and Urban
Planning, one month, respectively.

Labour also said that some agencies of
government, including the state Library Board,
secondary school teachers, SEMB and Abia
Council for Arts and Culture were owed arrears
of the N18,000 minimum wage, ranging from 10
to 14 months.

It regretted that while the 2017 leave allowances
were partially paid, the 2018 and 2019
allowances had yet to be paid.

It further expressed concern over the
government’s failure to pay pensions as and
when due, adding that only a few pensioners
were paid in November 2017.

It also said that retired civil servants were last
paid gratuity in 1999, saying that the
development was tantamount to “mercy killing.”

The group further sought explanations on how
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu ’s administration
implemented the third and last tranches of the
Paris Club refund to the state.

“We are worried over the non-implementation of
this directive for the benefit of the workers in
the state,” it said. (NAN).

source:- www.premiumtimesng.com/regional/
Abia Secondary School Teachers Were Last Paid Salaries October 2018 – Nlc  - Political News

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