Chris Steven, Abuja
The Joint National Public Service Negotiation Council (Trade Union Side) has thrown it’s weight behind civil servants in Ondo and Ekiti states who are currently on strike over unpaid salaries by their respective state governments.
According to a statement signed by the National Chairman of JNPSNC, Comrade Kiri Mohammed Shuaibu and issued in Abuja on Thursday, the workers have endured enough since they have no other source of income to sustain their families.
He said the Council would reject any attempt by any state government to sacrifice workers ‘ salaries in consideration of selfish interest.
While noting that the main contention that ignited the strike actions was failure of the government’s of the two states to pay monthly salaries of their workers for the past five months, Comrade Shuaibu said the Council frowned at the failure of the two states governments to live up to expectation in fulfilling their contractual obligations of paying workers salaries at the end of each month, saying “every labourer is worth his wage”
He urged the governments of both states to urgently enter into negotiations with Labour with a view to finding amicable solutions to the impasse to forestall further unpleasant consequences that will lead to a total shutdown of the economies of the two states.
“Industrial peace is paramount throughout the country at this point in time to support the present administration in its unwavering commitment to revive the economy of this great nation currently in shambles. Council will resist any attempt by any state government sacrificing workers salaries in consideration of selfish interests.”
Trade Union Aide identifies with these indigent public servants who have endured enough and have no other source of income to sustain their families. The current high cost of living escalated the situation and the integrity of these workers to borrow have exhausted since their creditors and the Traders no longer grant them loans and give food items on credit.”Comrade Shuaibu said