By Abubakar Abdullahi, Lafia
Opposition parties in Nasarawa State have condemned the decision of the state government to invoke its ‘no work no pay’ policy on striking workers in the state.
State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP), Mr. Francis Orogu, and his All Progressive Grand Alliance, (APGA), counterpart, Musa Saidu, told newsmen recently in Lafia, the state capital that the action of the workers was a legitimate course.
The duo challenged the state government to pay workers for the previous months before threatening not to pay for the period of the industrial action.
They urged the government to be more sensitive to the need of citizens by prioritizing payment of workers salary and other entitlements.
Orogu said that the state government has failed in its responsibility to the people given her inability to pay workers salary regularly amongst other entitlements.
He added at prioritizing infrastructural projects at the expense of workers welfare would not augur well for the development of the state and would always result in industrial disharmony.
“Now worker are being paid salaries on percentage, but no contractor handling infrastructural project will be on site if they are not being paid for the job,” Orogu said.
Similarly, Saidu said workers were on contract with the government, hence the need to be paid their salaries regularly, promoted as at when due to ensure career progression amongst other entitlements.
The state’s organised labour had embarked on an indefinite strike action to press home their demand for the payment of salary arrears, implementation of promotion amongst other entitlements.
The state government, through the Head of Service, Mr. Thomas Ogiri had on June 8, invoked the ‘no work no pay’ policy, directing the workers to resume or forfeit their May salary.
Ogiri said the decision of the government to invoke the policy was in line with extant labour laws, which stipulated that workers, who embark on strike would not be entitled to wages or remuneration for the period that the strike lasted.