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Bailout: Joint Labour Gives Benue Government Ultimatum

John Shiaondo, Makurdi
The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Trade Union Congress, TUC and the Joint Public Service Negotiation Council, JPSNC, in Benue State, has issued an ultimatum to the state government to unconditionally pay workers their salary arrears on or before Friday 30th October, 2015.
The joint labour through a communique, signed by Comrd. Godwin Anya NLC, Comrd. Ordue T. TUC, and Comrd. Philip Ter. Nongo JPSNC, after their meeting yesterday in Makurdi said in as much as workers in the state appreciate the state government for accessing the “bailout” funds to settle outstanding arrears of salaries owed them, they would not guarantee any industrial harmony and tranquility if she fails to comply to the ultimatum.
The Joint labour also asked government stop the on-going Biometric screening, and not made it a prerequisite for payment of salary arrears owed workers.
“Benue workers should not be subjected to the untold hardships they are currently experiencing especially that it could lead to loss of lives as a result of mass movement of workers.”
“The said “bailout” funds was assessed based on the payment vouchers of the months in arrears; therefore, the fund is the representation of the financial implication of salary arrears owed Benue workers.
“The Organized labour appeals to the Benue State House of Assembly to put on hold its on-going screening exercise as part of their oversight function until there is a formal consultation with the Organized Labour,” the communique reads in part.
According to the communique, “Organized Labour is not against any Biometric screening initiated by government, but however called to questions the competence of the contractor handling the exercise having handled a similar exercise during the past administration in the State without any tangible result and calls for immediate termination of his contract.”=

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