The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC ) and Joint Public Service Negotiation Council (JNC) have threatened to embark on a 3-day warning strike if the state government fail to resolve the lingering salary crisis that affects workers in Kano State.
Speaking to reporters at the NUJ Press Centre, on behalf of the unions, the NLC chairman, Kano chapter, Kabiru Ado Minjibir, said the decision was imperative in view of the protracted inconsistencies in the payment of monthly salaries to workers, as well as deducting their hard-earned income without justification.
The communique also decried the non-payment of outstanding 8 months salary arrears of the Primary Healthcare Management Board (PHCMB), regularised staff recruited in 2015, amounting to N532.4 million.
The communique also bemoaned the non-payment of outstanding 8 and 4 months salary arrears of Kano State Senior Secondary Management Board (KSSSSMB) staff regularised in 2015, amounting to over N220 million.
The communique also called on the government to stop engaging consultants on salary issues by May, 2018, advising the government handover to qualified and suitable civil servants.
Saying “N80 million was saved in 2017 when workers were allowed to handle the salary payment, inline with the jurisdictional scope as obtainable at the federal Civil Servants, as well as neighboring states like Jigawa, ”
They challenged the state government to clarify the basis upon which the sum of N367. 50 and N168. 00 is being deducted from the monthly salaries of workers and pensioners, respectively.
“In the event that the government failed to respond positively to the aforementioned issues of serious concern to the workers between now and 5th March, 2018, the two labour centres, NLC and TUC as well as the JNC, would be left with no option than to embark on a 3-day warning strike, ” the communique said.