Organized work has halted a three-day warning strike it planned to begin today (Thursday) in Cannes over the denial of workers’ salaries for March by the state government.
NLC Deputy National President Najeem Yasin announced the suspension of the strike Wednesday night at a joint news conference with other labor movements and affiliates in Cannes after a meeting with a state government team led by Haji Binta civil service chief Lawan Ahmed.
Last week, the NLC gave a seven-day ultimatum to the state government to return the money and stop what it described as an “illegal deduction” from the salaries of civil servants or face industrial action.
Similarly, workers’ leaders insisted that the government’s failure to stop the “inexplicable” deduction before the end of the ultimatum, which begins on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, would begin a three-day warning strike from midnight on Wednesday, April 7.
However, the NLC leadership led by NLC Deputy National President Najee Yasin and the leadership of the TUC, JNC, JAC and JCF attended a closed-door meeting with the national team where they reached a resolution.
Addressing reporters about the resolutions reached at the meeting, Yasin said the state government has denied rumors that it plans to return to the N18,000 minimum wage, but has reaffirmed its determination to honor the N30,600 agreement signed between the state government and organized labor in December. 2019.
“Also, the deduction of workers’ salaries in March 2021 at the Councils of State and local governments should be returned to the workers together with the April or May salaries, depending on the increase in FAAC allocations for that period,” he said.
He said the meeting also agreed that all mechanisms to implement the new national minimum wage of N30,600.00 should be established by the Office of the Head of Civil Service for Kano University of Science and Technology Wudil and Yusuf Maitama Sule Universities immediately.
“A committee has been established between the government and organized work, which will consider all disputable issues as the work presents them.
“Also, the payment of the monthly pension and all the rights of pensioners should be granted by resolutions and approval of the Board of Creditors of the Kano State Pension Fund Commission, as provided by the 2006 pension law,” he added.
Yasin noted that it was agreed that no worker or any workforce leader should be punished or treated in a harmful or malicious manner as a result of participating in a planned industrial action by the Kano state government.
He added that the organized action suspends the planned three-day industrial action, which should start on Thursday, April 8, 2021, and peaceful protests on Monday, April 12, 2021.