The organised labour in Kogi state has threatened a strike should the state government fail to pay the July 2017 salaries in full on or before September 12.
The unions comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Public Sector Joint Negotiation Council (PSJNC), in a bulletin issued on Wednesday in Lokoja described the half salaries paid to state and local government workers as “sallah gift”.
The organised labour argued that the claim by the state government that it cannot pay full salaries to workers due to a shortfall in allocations from the federation account is not tenable.
The unions pointed out that the state government had earlier at a meeting with labour leaders put the monthly wage bill at N3.1 billion but later brought it down to N2.6 billion following observations raised by unions.
“Comrades, if the monthly allocation that accrued to the State from the Federation Account without the IGR shared in the month of August 2017 stands as N2.6 billion as presented to the organised labour during the said meeting on this matter, we then wish to ask; why the percentage payment of salary even when government could further access some funds from its IGR for other government expenditure(s)?
“We wish to assure all workers that the organised labour still maintain her stance on ‘no percentage/half salary’ as proposed by government.
“Hence, the current percentage payment of 50% salary to state workers and 40% to local government workers and teachers is considered as Sallah gift as earlier stated and we urge you to see it as such”, the unions said in the bulletin.
The labour unions urged workers to remain calm, law-abiding and prayerful as they await further directives.