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Abia workers issue a 7- day strike notice over unpaid salaries

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By Joe Akwarandu, Umuahia
The chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Uchenna Obigwe, said labour in the state had issued a seven- ultimatum to the state government ahead of a strike over the unpaid arrears of ’ salaries and allowances.
The ultimatum was contained in a statement jointly issued in Umuahia on Friday by the NLC, Joint Negotiating Council and Trade Union Congress.
The group said that the ultimatum was a prelude to an impending strike. The labour group also warned that it would not be held responsible “for any breach of industrial peace and harmony in the state,” should government fails to address their concerns at the expiration of the ultimatum.
“A labourer deserves his wages,” it stated, adding that labour was not satisfied with the “sectoral pattern of payment of ’ salaries in the state since the inception of the present administration”.
It also stated that the unwholesome development “has placed an average worker in the state in a beggarly position economically”.
According to the labour groups, primary owed 3 months, while secondary owed 10 months. Others include, hospital management board, 11 months; Universal Basic Education Board, 4 months; State University Teaching Hospital, Aba, 13 months; and State Polytechnic, Aba, 16 months.
said that while the senior staff of the College of Health Sciences, Aba, were owed 9 months, their junior counterparts were owed 8 months.
Also, staff of College of Education (Technical) Arochukwu, were owed 18 months; staff of Abia State University, Uturu, 4 months; and local government workers, 5 months.
It further expressed concern over the government’s failure to pay pensions as and when due, adding that only a few pensioners were paid in November, 2017.
It also said that retired civil servants were last paid gratuity in 1999, saying that the development was tantamount to “mercy killing”.

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