Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Bail-out/Paris club refund: 10 salary defaulting states

TEN states have misspent the bailout funds and the Paris Club refund, according to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)  and are owing salaries of workers.
The states are as follows:

Paying workers’ salaries in percentage and has not declared utilisation of the bailout fund and Paris Club refund.
Paid 40 percent pension to their pensioners without their consent and provided a form for them to sign under duress.
Owing between five to 10 months arrears.
Ondo is owing between four and six,
Ekiti (five to eight),
Benue (five to eight)
Kogi Worst case scenario.
Three categories of workers in Kogi ; 40 per cent that are being paid up to date: 25 per cent that has not been paid between eight and 16 months and another 25 per cent that has not been paid between eight and 21 months.
Paying in percentage, but is up to date.
Unilaterally, without discussion with the union tried to reduce the salaries by certain percentage and have also not made available records of utilisation of the Paris Club refund.

Only state that has not implemented the minimum wage and all attempt (including agreements they have signed) to get them to make available records of utilisation of those funds have failed.
Abia which has a problem with the parastatals.
NLC President Ayuba Wabba, who spoke at the National Executive Council meeting of the Non Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) in Abuja, said six of the 10 states were in a terrible situation, pointing out that the congress had directed all states chapters whose members are owed more than three months salaries to declare an industrial action
The NLC President ssaid:  “As I speak to you, both Zamfara and Benue are on strike and I am aware that Kogi has issued a notice, which is in conformity with the decision we took at our last NEC meeting that any state with liability of more than three months should start an action and we will be there to support them.”

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