The Nigeria Labour Congress in Kano State has suspended its planned seven-day warning strike action over deduction of workers salaries in May.
The union announced the suspension in a statement jointly signed by the state NLC Chairman, Kabiru Minjibir, TUC Chairman, Mansur Adamu, JNC Chairman, Hashim Saleh and Chairman ULC, Ado Salisu Riruwai and issued to newsmen in Kano State on Tuesday.
According to the statement, the suspension of the warning strike followed the agreement and resolution reached between it and the Kano State Government on Monday on the five points demand of the labour.
Recall that the labour union had issued a two-week ultimatum to the state government and extended it by one week which ended on Monday night.
The demands by the labour include a stop to what the labour unions described as illegal and illogical deductions of workers salaries for the month of May 2020.
In addition, the workers were demanding clear incentives and policy on life insurance cover to all category of workers who are at the frontline management of the Covid-19 patients in the state.
Others are full implementation of the signed agreement between Government and Labour side (JNC) reached in December 2019 on consequential adjustments arising from the implementation of N30,000:00 minimum wage among others.
According to the labour leaders, the government had agreed to refund the deducted May salary by 50% at a minimum pay of N30,600 due to the COVID-19 pandemic alongside the eight months salary arrears within the third quarter of the year 2020 if the financial position of the state improves.
“The organized labour unions have agreed to sit with the state government to set out modalities of payment based on the agreed percentage to be deducted on the N30,600 minimum wage for the months of June and July 2020 in the first instance and to be subsequently depending on the monthly allocation received by the state within the period of COVID-19 Pandemic.
“The government will consider full implementation of consequential salary adjustment scale arising from the N30,600 minimum wage, for the payment of local government, SUBEB, Tertiary Institutions, Primary Healthcare and Ministry of Justice Staff, when the state financial situation improves.
“The committee will find out the current status of the insurance cover policy for frontline workers from the State COVID-19 Task Force, with reference to NCDC guidelines.
“The state government has agreed to restore the relativity allowance on-call duty to affected JOHESU members as well as refund what was withdrawn from their May 2020 salary,” the statement added.