The Organised Labour in Borno on Tuesday, urged all civil servants in the state to shun the purported protest organised by unknown groups over worker’s demands.
This was contained in a statement jointly signed by Mr Musa Umar-Chiroma, Secretary of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) his Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart, Babagana Isa.
Recall that some civil servants had set aside Sept. 16, 2020, to embark on a peaceful demonstration to demand for eight months arrears of new minimum wage, promotion benefits since 2016, annual increment for two years and one month salary arrears since 2015.
According to the statement, the leadership of Organised Labour is ordinarily not supposed to respond to the purported write-up alleging collaboration between its leadership and the current administration, but the fact that it contains malicious and unconfirmed allegations, which is baseless and misleading.
“The organised labour is not avast to any criticism by any civil servant who claims that his rights has been infringed to voice out his concerns, but let such criticism be constructive, objective and thoroughly verifiable.
“Consequent upon the above, the leadership of organised labour wants to put it on record that workers welfare is our paramount concern.
“Therefore, series of letters has been written to the government in respect of all the lingering issues boadering on salaries, pension gratuity as well as local government and local education authority problems for consideration.
“Organised labour also wishes to state that, all issues raised by the concerned civil servants, has been tabled and is receiving appropriate attention.
“And the delay in the implementation is occasioned by the economic meltdown and COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in withdrawal of minimum wages, slashing of salaries in many states of the country,” it said.
It said that the allegation levelled against the leadership of organised labour was baseless and condemnable.
The statement noted that the facts were there for every civil servant who wished to know the true position of its genuine efforts and any other issues to confirm from the leadership.
“In view of the above, the leadership wishes to bring to the notice of the general public, our modest achievements under the present administration of Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno state in the last one year.
“The organised labour has been in forefront in demanding for the immediate implementation of the new minimum wage, and the governor responded without delay.
“As at today we are among the first states to benefit from this while some states are still battling for the implementation.
“Over 2000 pensioners were cleared and verified and currently collecting their pension. The organized labour has pursued the payment of arrears of over 600 pensioners ranging from 47 months to 15 months.
“Of the 960 deceased cases inherited from the appeal committee, over 800 were verified and cleared. Payment of 2018 leave transport grant.
“The organized labour struggled for the automatic migration from salary to pension and was graciously approved by the governor.
“Settlement of outstanding salaries of contract staff of Borno State Sport Council and all those involved were cleared. Currently the remaining late cases, payment of arrears of pension are being worked on.
“The organised labour also pursued for the sales of owner occupier of the state owned houses to civil servants and other occupiers in the state.
“The leadership of the organised labour will therefore not relent in its effort to ensure good governance, social welfare and wellbeing of civil servants.
“While we appeal to them to remain committed to their duties, we will not be distracted by the antics of anybody who is not seeing anything,” the unions added.
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