Kogi: NLC calls off 6 week strike, NUT pulls out of NLC
The organised labour in Kogi, yesterday, suspended the 6-week-old industrial action, following an agreement reached with government to meet most of their demands. The 14-point agreement was reached at a meeting of representatives of government and labour in Lokoja, seat of power.
The document was signed by the state deputy governor, Elder Simon Achuba and three others on government side and Com. Onu Edoka, chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC) and eight others on behalf of the organised labour.
Speaking at the meeting, Edoka said there was general agreement ‘’that Dr Jerry Agbaji’s committee report which captured all MDAs, LGAs, LGEAs, Tertiary Institutions and Pensioners be adopted with continuous filtering.’’
He said that it was also agreed that salaries should be paid into bank accounts of individual workers describing as painful, the decision to use only two banks for the purpose of paying salaries from the bailout fund.
It was also agreed that there should be review of recent appointments made in local councils and that Pay As You Earn (PAYE) taxes system be restored.
Granting of tax holiday to Kogi State University, Anyigba, and the state College of Education, Ankpa as well as release of outstanding promotion letters to deserving workers was also agreed upon.
However, a crisis of confidence has hit the Kogi State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC, as the Nigeria Union of Teachers on Monday suspended its affiliation with it indefinitely.
Rising from an emergency State Executive Council meeting in Lokoja, the NUT directed its members in the state to stay away from work until the state government pays their outstanding seven months’ salaries and other emoluments.
The Kogi State chapter of the NUT said in a communique by its Chairman, Mr. Sulaiman Abdullahi, it would not be part of the programmes and activities of the NLC.