Civil servants in Niger State have been directed to proceed on an indefinite strike by the state chapter of Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) following expiration of two weeks ultimatum given to the state government to pay full salary to workers in the state.
In a bulletin titled, “Clarion Call” which was signed by the Organized Labour union in the state and made available to The Nation in Minna, all civil servants were directed to sit at home and await further directives.
The directive of strike action shows that the negotiations between the state government and organized labor failed.
“The Niger State Council of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Union Congress (TUC) hereby directed all Niger State Civil Servant to proceed on an indefinite strike action from Monday 11th July, 2016 (midnight)”.
According to the State NLC Chairman, Comrade Yahaya Idris Ndako, the Union has decided to embark on indefinite strike due to state government reluctance to reverse its decision of cutting workers’ salaries adding that there will be no form of protest.
He however added that the Organized Labour will not allow anybody to intimidate them, “This time around no going back the strike is inevitable”.
However, the State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has insisted that there is no salary cut of workers in the state adding that some mischief makers have misconstrued government good intention.