MEMBERS of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in Plateau state are set for battle with the state governor, Jonah Jang, over what they described as non-implementation of agreement on national minimum wage and other issues bordering on their welfare.
It was revealed that the major issues, the workers are complaining about include non-payment of arrears of 2011 national minimum wage by the state government, non-payment of outstanding 2012 leave transport grant, as well as non-release of promotion letters to deserving civil servants in the state.
Others include delay and indiscriminate payment of salaries, government’s refusal to re-open negotiation on national minimum wage to local government employees, non-implementation of 100 per cent salary as retirement benefit to local government employees and primary school teachers, and non-remittance of National Housing Fund to Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria.
State Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Jibrin Bancir, who confirmed the development with journalists at a press briefing in Jos yesterday warned of a possible industrial unrest should the state government fail to resolve the issues soon.
According to Bancir, “We are strongly passing the message across to the state government and until the vexatious issues are resolved within shortest possible time, we the organised labour, may not be able to guarantee any harmonious industrial peace in the state.”
He added, “We in the labour are watching with keen interest the build up to the 2015 general elections and we must participate actively in the political process to determine who will govern the state this time because the workers have suffered too much.”