NLC reconciles with Niger govt, calls off strike

By Priscilla Campbell, Minna

Labour has called off its three-day strike in Nigeer State following the state government's resolve to pay the N30,000 minimum wage.
In a statement by the Niger State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Yakubu Garba, and the state Chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Tanimu Yunusa, the strike was called off because the negotiations had yielded results.
It said, "Comrades and Patriotic Nigerlites, we are happy to announce to you that the
series of rigorous meetings and negotiations between the Niger State Government and the Organized Labour has finally yielded results.
"As it is traditional with the principle of collective bargaining, both parties made the concession in the interest of the sustainability and progress of Niger State."
The Organized Labour explained that the issue has been concluded for grade levels one to six of all salary structures, revealing that staff at the local government councils will start enjoying theirs in February.
"On the issue of National Minimum Wage, Grade Levels 01- 06 of all salary structures had been concluded and the government has effected payments of 100 percent with effect from January 2020.

"The Local Government Councils shall start their payment with effect from February 2020.

It stated that the agreement on consequential adjustment is without prejudice to the outstanding balances of 8.37 percent CONPCASS/CONTEDISS for workers in the tertiary sector and 10 percent CONHESS for health workers at the LGA levels.
"That the effective date for the implementation of the consequential adjustment is 1 February 2020. The government has also agreed that the arrears for State and Local Government Civil Servants, two months for State workers and three months for Local Government Staff shall be paid in the month of March 2020 and accordingly the strike is hereby suspended."
The Organized Labour also announced that the government had agreed to increase its contribution from10.5 percent to 13 percent to address the 7.5 percent pension liabilities.

The statement added, "The Government also agreed to increase the Redemption Bond from 5 percent to 7 percent to address the 7.5 pension liabilities and the Government agreed to release 20 percent of monthly Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to address 7.5 percent pension liabilities."
The statement thanked the people of Niger state for their unprecedented commitment, support
understanding, patience, perseverance and solidarity demonstrated during the
period of the strike.
The Organized Labour in the state last week Tuesday midnight embarked on strike after the expiration of the ultimatum it issued to government when the issues raised was not addressed.

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