Workers suspend a planned strike, protest in Cannes, agree on terms

Written by Abdulmumin Murtala – Kano

Following a previously announced three-day strike scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 8, 2021, workers in Cannes, protesting the return to the former minimum wage of 18,000.00 NW from the new minimum wage of N30,600.00, the Canoe Council of Nigerian Labor Congress, the NLC, announced the suspension of industrial action after reaching some agreements with the government.

Organized Labor has also announced the suspension of a planned peaceful protest scheduled for Monday, April 12, 2021.

This was announced in a press statement signed by NLC National Deputy President Najeem Yasin after a meeting with the state government that ended late Wednesday night.

“Following the agreement / resolution reached between the government of the state of Cano and the organized Labor Party today, Wednesday, April 7, 2021, on the payment of salaries in March 2021. The proposed three-day warning strike, which is due to begin at 00:01 on Thursday, April 8, 2021, is hereby suspended, and the proposed peaceful protest scheduled for Monday, April 12 is equally suspended, ”the NLC reported.

Organized Labor further explained that the meeting was attended in person by the Governor of Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje, with a representative of the President of the National National Alliance, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, represented by Najeem Yasin, Deputy National National Alliance, Jobe Josiah, Biobelemoye President, National President MHWUN, Benson Ukpa, Head of Information Unit NLC Headquarters and representatives of organized work in Cannes.

During the meeting with the governor of the state of Kano, they agreed on seven conditions, including the government, which reiterated its position to respect the agreement to, among other things, adhere to the minimum wage in the state of N30,600.00.

This is contained in a separately signed document by Labor representatives that includes Kabiro Ado Mijibur, chairman of the National Alliance in Cannes, as well as state presidents of TUC, JNC, JCF, JAC and Ag Sec NLC and those who represent Kano states states including Binta Lawan Ahmad, Head of Service, Shehu Na’Allah Kura, Commissioner for Finance, Murtala Sule Garo, Commissioner for Local Governments and Muhammad Garba, Commissioner for Information.

“The government of the state of Kano does not intend to return to the payment of the old minimum wage in the amount of N18,000, as it is speculated, and reiterates its position to respect the agreement of N30,600 signed between the organized government of Labor and the state of Kano in December 2019.

“That deductions from workers’ salaries in the state and local councils in March 2021 should be returned to workers along with salaries in April or May 2021 depending on the increase in FAAC allocations for that period.

“OHCS for KUST Wudil and Yusuf Maitama Sule University should immediately set up all the machine to implement the new national minimum wage of N30,600.00.

“That a committee has been established between the government and organized Labor to consider the contentious issues presented by Labor.

“That payment of the monthly pension and all the rights of pensioners should be granted by resolutions and approval of the Board of Creditors of KSPFT, as provided by the pension law from 2006.”

“No worker or any Labor leader should be punished / treated in a harmful / malicious manner as a result of participating in a planned industrial action by the Cano government.

“Organized Labor is suspending a planned three-day industrial action that is set to begin on Thursday, April 8, 2021, and a peaceful protest on Monday, April 12, 2021,” were the terms agreed at the meeting by the Cano government and organized Labor.

The contract document was also signed by witnesses including NLC National Vice President Najeem Yasin, Biobelemoye Joy Josia, JOHESU National Chairman and MHWUN President Benson Ukpa, Head of NLC Information Unit Headquarters.

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