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Labour threatens strike if Bauchi govt deducts salary to fund OVC ministry

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Written by Saliu Gbadamosi, Bauchi


Thursday, 13 September 2012

THE industrial harmony being witnessed in Bauchi State may be threatened as the organised labour has said that workers in the state will embark on an indefinite strike if the state government goes ahead to deduct two per cent of their monthly salary to fund orphans and vulnerable children ministry in the state.

The workers, under the aegis of joint negotiation council of the trade unions in the state, on Tuesday, said that they were against the deduction of workers’ salary to fund any government programme in the state.

Addressing journalists at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Centre in Bauchi, the secretary of the council, Comrade Ali Ahmed, stated that the workers would be left with no other option than to go on an indefinite strike if the government deducted from their salary to fund the ministry.

“We heard over the media that state governor had assented the bill passed by the state House of Assembly to deduct two per cent from workers’ salary to fund the newly-created ministry for orphans and vulnerable children,” Ahmed said.

He added that, “we want to remind the state government of our stand that we oppose deduction of workers’ salaries to fund any government activities or people-oriented programme. This remains unchanged.”

He stated that labour was not against the creation of the ministry or government’s laudable programme of taking care of the underpriviledged in the society, saying, however, that, “what we don’t want is deduction of workers’ salary to fund any government project.”

According to the secretary, labour was not contacted either by the state government or the state House of Assembly before the bill on the deduction of workers’ monthly salary, which had since been assented to by Governor Isa Yuguda, to fund the government welfare programme was passed.

He noted that the N18,000 National Minimum Wage Act, which was passed by the National Assembly, stipulated that no state Assembly had the right to tamper with it, adding that the law equally directed that no one should increase or deduct workers’ salary without informing every stakeholder.

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