The Nigeria Labour Congress has rejected the 2000 naira consequential adjustment added to some category of Adamawa state government worker’s February salary.
According to the union bulletins released to Journalists on Friday, the council accused the Fintiri led state government on reneging on their earlier agreement on the consequential adjustment agreed with representatives of the state government during the negotiation penultimate week.
In a bulletin No.3 issued by the Organized Labour in the state, said it was shocking over the February 2020 salary payment which is not true the reflection of their agreement with the government and described the increment as a Greek gift which is used by the Fintiri led state government to cajole the workers and divert their attention from the reality on ground.
The bulletin read in part “the organized Labour leadership wishes to state that the increase in payment witnessed in February 2020 should be regarded as a bonus from the state Government. We dissociate ourselves from the increase as it is not the product of our agreement”.
The organized labour, therefore, urged workers to remain calm, law-abiding and await further directives. The organized Labour in the state had earlier threatened to embark on indefinite strike commencing on 25th February 2020 if government failed to signed agreement reached between representatives of Labour and Government side, but Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri pacified the labour leaders by calling them on a round table which was facilitated by the governor himself.
However, after the meeting both sides were said to have reached a compromise, but are yet to come into terms with officials of the e-payment on the salary chart and when the arrears would be paid. Though lower cadre civil servants in the state have been enjoying the new minimum wage for the past two months, that of senior staff, the implementation is yet to take effect.
Investigation revealed that it was only 12 per cent of the state workers that are enjoying the 30,000 naira minimum wage, as health workers, teachers and tertiary institution workers, even the local government workers are yet to benefit from the new minimum wage.