Labour gives Kogi govt 7 days ultimatum

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By Boluwaji Obahopo

Organised labour in Kogi State, yesterday, threatened to resume their suspended strike over failure of government to honour the agreement reached with them.

Gov Yahaya Bello

The workers have been directed to embark on the strike from Friday, September 22, when a seven-day strike notice to government would lapse.

A statement by the Chairmen of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and his Trade Union Congress, TUC, counterpart, Edoka Onuh and Ranti Ojo, respectively, said the strike would commence because of government’s failure to pay salaries and other entitlements of the workers.

The unions noted that the strike notice was sequel to the expiration of the ultimatum given to government within which to pay July salary and to reverse some of the newly-introduced rules that were not in tandem with civil service rules.

The unions also wanted government to implement the collective agreement entered into with them on August 1, 2016, adding that government should pay the arrears of salaries to all pardoned workers in state and local government primary school teachers and Local Government Education Authority staff from January 2016 to August 2017.

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