Payment of 70 per cent salary has not gone down well with the Organised Labour in Niger State as the government has been issued a seven-day ultimatum to pay the balance to civil servants for last month or face indefinite strike action.
Just as staff unions of the Scientific Equipment Development Institute (SEDI) have threatened to shut down the institute if the Managing Director, Professor Mohammed Ndaliman was re-appointed.
Chairman Trade Union Congress (TUC) Inusa Tanimu and the Chairman of the Joint Action Committee of NLC, Mahmud Muye stated this after the government had paid 70 per cent of the workers’ salaries.
The government had said it would reduce the salaries of the state and local government workers to 70 per cent due to what it termed shortfall in the FAAC allocation.
This move was opposed by the workers who told the government that they were ready to go hungry than receive a cut in their salaries, stating that it is not constitutional for the government to slash their salaries.
Despite the opposition by the workers, the government last week went ahead to pay 70 per cent of the workers’ salaries.
Speaking on this development, the TUC chairman, expressed disappointment to what he termed a complete disregard to the workers’ agitations and feelings saying that after the expiration of the seven-day ultimatum and their demands were not met, they would embark on three warning and indefinite strikes.