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Labour to organise rallies in states owing salaries, others


The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is poised to organise rallies in states that have failed to use the bailout funds and the Paris Club refunds to pay workers’salaries.

At the end of its Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting in Abuja.

NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said the “Name and Shame rallies” would  draw attention to the  suffering of workers who have not been paid for several months.

The CWC meeting urged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Minister of Finance not to release the third and final tranch of the Paris Club refund until the governors make a commitment to pay the backlog of salaries and pensions.

The CWC directed all workers, pensioners and their families to support governors that have used their funds judiciously.

On the persistent lack of electricity, despite that power companies received about N740 billion since 2015, Ayuba said he found it difficult to rationalise why the government was planning to give N39 billion more to the Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) for metering.

“Given that one of the conditions before the privatisation by the last administration was that the new owners would provide meters for customers within 24 months, CWC said the defaulting DisCo ought to face sanctions and not additional bailout,” Ayuba said.

The union also condemned Morocco’s request to become a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

“CWC feels that on account of Morocco’s continuing defiance of the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU), by continuing to occupy Western Sahara, the Kingdom should not be allowed into ECOWAS.

“The CWC, therefore, resolved to mobilise Nigerians and all its stakeholders to ensure that the National Assembly does not support the admission of Morocco into ECOWAS,” it said.

The NLC also hinted that it would engage in public discussions on major national issues, geared towards sensitising Nigerians and directing the government’s and citizens’ attention to the task of nation-building and inclusive development, during this year’s Independent Day celebrations.

It also bemoaned the non-composition of the National Minimum Wage negotiation committee even after labour had submitted the names of its representatives to the committee.

It urged the Federal Government to kick off negotiation, as the negotiating committee should have  been put in place long ago in line with the 2011 Collective Agreement.

Congress stressed that the government and its partners should fast-track and conclude the negotiations on  time.