By Charles Nwaoguji with Agency Report
The staff union of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in Abuja on Tuesday shut down business activities at the commission’s headquarters as the members began warning strike over alleged non-payment of salary arrears.
The Chairman of the staff union, Ibrahim Kirfi, alleged that the management of CAC defaulted in the payment of salary arrears and allowances.
Kirifi told NAN that the strike was due to non-implementation of salary arrears agreement and huge disparity between the executive and non-executive staff.
He said it was necessary for the management to pay the arrears from January 2014 to date, adding that if the demands were not met, the strike would continue indefinitely.
Kirfi said the industrial disharmony between the management and staff dated back to October 2013, when former President Goodluck Jonathan announced an increase in emoluments of staff by 53.37 per cent relativity pay.
According to him, the agreement was reached that an increase of 15 per cent and 35 per cent be made in favour of the executive and non-executive staff.
“In February this year, we were on strike on the same issue; a meeting was called at the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary’ s office, and at the end of the deliberation, it was agreed that the arears be paid while the disparity would be bridged within three months.
“The termination of the three months was May 2017, before the expiration of the three months, the union did issue a reminder letter to the management and also copied the parmanent secretary and the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.
“We issued another ultimatum to commence strike; this strike will have commenced June 12 but on May 31, The Minister of Labour and Productivity called for a meeting and said the needful will be done and that the planned strike be called off and we agreed.
“A committee was formed consisting of the management, union members and representatives from our mother ministry, to work out modalities on how to bring solution to the pending issues.