Niger NLC shun entreaties, continue strike.

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Niger NLC shun entreaties, continue strike.
 By:Yahaya Zakka.
The Nigerian Labour Congress, Niger state chapter has extended by another week its industrial action it embarked upon a forthnight ago over non payment of salaries, retirees’ gratuities and non remittance of deductions made on workers salaries.
In a letter addressed to the Head of the Civil Service of Niger state, Hajia Salamatu Abubakar, the union said it extended the ongoing strike due to inconclusiveness of negotiation between it and Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and the 25 local government chairmen.
It therefore directed workers to continue with the strike action effective from midnight of Tuesday next week.
The letter read in part “following the inconclusiveness of negotiation between the representatives of Niger state government and organized labour on state workers demands and the lack of commitment by Ministry for Local Government and 25 local Government Chairmen in resolving the issues in contention within the warning strike window especially as it affects local government salary payment, the organized labour has resolved to extend the warning strike action by another seven days effective midnight of Tuesday, 15/03/2022.
It is the hope of the organised labour that the representatives of the Niger state government will expedite action in ensuring that the ongoing negotiation is concluded and the ministry for local governments and 25 LG council chairmen will demonstrate the needed commitment to resolving the strike demands especially salary payment of local government workers before the expiration of the warning strike window, failure of which the strike will remain indefinite in line with the earlier notice,” the letter stated.

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