Anambra workers issues seven-day strike notice over poor welfare

Members of the organised labour in Anambra State, comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, have issued a seven-day ultimatum to the state governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, to address issues of worker welfare in the state.

According to The PUNCH, this was contained in a joint communiqué signed by the leaders of the two labour unions, Humphrey Nwafor (NLC) and Chris Ogbonna (TUC), on Wednesday.

The group said failure to address their demands may jeopardise the existing industrial peace and harmony in the state.

They described the contributory pension scheme in the state as a “scam”, noting that workers’ salaries are being deducted without counterpart remittance from the government and retired workers could not access part of the salaries deducted.

The communique reads in part, “The organised labour therefore demand for immediate dissolution of Ndi-olu microfinance Board and call on government to set up a panel to investigate the activities of the bank which are not limited to monies deducted from workers salaries for recapitalisation, non remittance of shares accrues to workers of Anambra State etc.

“The organised labour viewed the non-constitution of civil service commission, as negligence and deliberate act by the government to destabilise the system and stagnate workers from being promoted and have access from other entitlements. Therefore labour demands immediate constitution of all boards that are due for reconstitution to enable workers to have access to their rights and privileges.

“The organised labour demand for the immediate appointment of permanent secretaries for smooth running and administration of civil service.

“The organised labour feel disappointed over the sudden removal of the N12,000 wage award by Anambra State government even when hunger and hardship in the land persist.

“The organised labour expects the government of Anambra to emulate her counterparts in the federation, who are putting measures to cushion the effects of excruciating pains by providing palliative and upward review of the removed wage award to her workers and sustain the payment till the full implementation of new minimum wage commence.”


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