Workers in Kuje area council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have threatened to embark on an indefinite strike from first week of February over non-payment of three months salaries owed them by the leadership of the council.
The Chairman of Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) Kuje Chapter, Mr Ibrahim Kabi disclosed these to newsmen after an indoor meeting with the union and officials of the council.
He said that the strike had become necessary as workers are finding it very difficult to transport themselves to work, pay house rent and feed their families.
Kabi said that, “The issue of non-payment of three months workers’ salaries from November, December 2015 and January 2016 was discussed. It was observed that the salary payments of June to October 2015 were paid without remittance of deductions from the appropriate quarters.
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“These deductions include; tax, pension, contributions to multipurpose societies and repayments of loans from commercial banks. When are concerned about the dwindling allocations to area councils, the Executive Chairmen are busy employing workers into the area council and L.E.A in their numbers.
“If by February 1, 2016 the three months arrears of salaries are not paid in full, the union would have no other choice than to resort to a sit-at-home action. We want to ensure that the Area Council workers are paid their three months salaries.” without further delay and to avoid trade dispute.”
The NULGE Chairman further appealed to the FCT Minister to allow the payment of salaries through `Table Payment’ to help in checkmating corruption in the system and also called for the institutionalization of a centralized payment system for area council staff and the L.E.A staff.
“It is also our opinion that the Honorable Minister should allow for table payments of salaries for all staff for three consecutive months. What we demand is that the money should be paid in order to alleviate the sufferings of the Kuje Area Council workers,’’ he demanded.
Some workers who spoke with LEADERSHIP expressed dismay over the inability of the Council to pay workers saying they have found it difficult to meet their daily needs.
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