By Abubakar Abdullahi, Lafia
The Nasarawa State Government has directed that only staff who ignored the ongoing strike action in the state should be paid their June salaries.
This was contained in a statement signed by Mr. Thomas Ogiri, State
Head of Civil Service and made available to newsmen in Lafia.
According to the statement, in line with the labour law, any worker who takes part in a strike should not be entitled to any wages or remuneration throughout the period of the strike.The statement added that only civil servants that were still reporting to their duty posts and are not participating in the strike are eligible to receive salaries. It also directed all Permanent Secretaries and Accounting Officers of MDAs to take all necessary steps to ensure immediate table payment of June 2017 salaries to the deserving staff.
Reacting, Ahmed Naibi, Secretary of the state chapter of the Nigeria
Labour Congress (NLC) said the government does not have the right to invoke such policy because the workers are on a legitimate strike.
He maitained that this is part of measures by the state government to intimidate the officials of the union ,and its members in the state to suspend the strike.
He added that the government can only invoke that policy if workers abscond from duty for just no good reason.
Naibi further explained that the law has given the organized labour the right to embark on strike action to press home their demands.
“The union is taken inventory of the few staff still reporting to their duty posts and would sanction them at the most appropriate time,” he said.