The Kogi State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday issued a 7-day ultimatum to the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello to jettison the planned verification of workers in the state’s civil service before paying their salaries or face another round of industrial action.
The threat came less than 72 hours after the organised labour suspended their six weeks’ strike, following agreement reached with the newly inaugurated governor, who had promised to pay them one month salary for a start while working out arrangement for subsequent payments.
Kogi is owing its core workers three months salaries, while primary school teachers and local government workers are being owed 21 and 15 months salaries respectively.
But addressing newsmen yesterday after the NLC state Executive Council meeting in Lokoja, the Kogi NLC Chairman, Comrade Onuh Edoka, said organised labour is against Gov. Bello’s directive that workers in the state must undergo verification before they get the one month salary he promised them.
According to Edoka, the organized labour never had any agreement with Bello that the issue of workers’ verification is condition for payment of the one month salary as promised before they suspended their strike action.
He, therefore, called on workers not to collect or fill any verification form from the permanent secretaries as directed by the governor, saying, if there must be any staff verification, government must involve the organized labour in such exercise to ensure no worker is victimized.