Kogi Labour Leaders Set For Showdown With Government Over Unpaid Salaries

The organised labour in Kogi State has threatened to call out its members for mass action, should the government continues to default in the payment of salary to its workers.

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JPSNC) issued the threat in a statement in Lokoja on Tuesday.

Olakunle Faniyi, secretary of NLC, Mr James Kolawole, TUC and Mr Isa Abubakar of the JPSNC.

They said that the mass action was to protest government’s insensitivity and indifference to the plight of their members that had not been paid salaries for between two and 21 months.

The officers said though the unions directed the workers in the state to embark on indefinite strike since Sept. 27, the state government were yet to invite them for negotiation.

According to NAN, they said that workers would not succumb to threat of sack and called on them to remain firm and committed to the struggle.

“It is the right of workers to embark on strike when their employers have failed to meet with the terms of employment, therefore the principle of ‘no-pay-no-work’ also applies,” the unions said.

The unions commiserated with the family of late Edward Soje who committed suicide on Oct. 16.