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Bauchi deducts 10 per cent from civil servants’ pay

| September 4, 2012 More

Bauchi State Government yesterday said it would deduct 10 per cent from civil servants’ salaries, instead of reducing the workforce by 50 per cent.

It did not, however, say when the deduction would stop. But it said it would begin from this month.

This followed an agreement between the Joint Negotiating Council, (JPSNC) and the government.

The Head of Civil Service (HOS), Abdon Dalla Gin, informed reporters about the new development at the Government House, Bauchi. 

He said the deduction was necessitated by the financial challenges and dwindling financial resources affecting the three tiers of government.

Gin said there is need to maximise scarce financial resources to meet public demands.

He said: “Nothing will stop the government from undertaking a legitimate exercise to review the size and performance of its workforce. The democratic tenets of the Isa Yuguda administration allows for a collective bargaining in the civil service under the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, which discusses service matters as it did in the case of the N18,000 minimum wage negotiation last year.”

The HOS said the 10 per cent deduction is a short term measure, adding that  government would discontinue it as soon as finances improve.

Gin said the N222 million realised from the deduction, amounting to N2.2 billion, would be used to service public needs.

A representative of the JPSNC, Mohammed Usman, said the deduction would last for four months.

He said it was considered by the union as a better option to retrenching about 15,000  civil servants of the 30,000 workforce.

Though most civil servants have refused to comment on the matter, labour leaders, who settled for the deduction, have gone into hiding for fear of molestation by civil servants.

Category: Bauchi State News

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