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1% workers’ salary deduction: We’re dialoguing with Bauchi govt – NLC

| March 12, 2013 More


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THE Bauchi State chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has said that it is engaged in dialogue with the state government over the controversial one per cent deduction from the salaries of workers in the employ of the state government with a view to stopping it.

The chairman of the congress in the state, Comrade Hashimu Gital, told journalists at the weekend in Bauchi that as a result of the dialogue between the labour and the state government, the congress could not embark upon any strike action after the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum it issued to the government over the deduction of one per cent  of workers’ salaries to fund the agency for orphans and vulnerable children in the state.

According to Comrade Gital, labour law did not allow for any strike action once there was negotiation between an employer and employees, denying the allegation being levelled against labour leaders in the state of selling out on the issue.

“The 21-day ultimatum labour gave to the state government over the one per cent deduction from workers’ salaries did not have effect because labour is trying to convince the government through dialague to revert the deduction.

“Labour law states that when an ultimatum is given and there is dialogue over that pending issue, the ultimatum must be set aside until the matter is amicably resolved or there is a deadlock on that issue, and as I am talking to you now, we are still holding talks with the government to resolve the problem at hand,” Comrade Gital stated.

The NLC boss noted that the organised labour in the state was not against the establishment of the agency for orphans and vulnerable children, adding that workers ought not to be forced to contribute to the agency as charity should be voluntary.

“Labour is not against the establishment of the agency for orphans and vulnerable children. What we are against is that nobody should be forced to contribute to charity. Contributions to charity should be made voluntary,” he said.

Category: Bauchi State News

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