By Funmi Komolafe
ABUJAâ€”The Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity has expressed concern over threat by federal employees to embark on an industrial actionÂ from April 8, if there was no official pronouncement on increase in their salaries.
They also want theÂ authorities to wipe out the disparity in the pay of the different cadres in the Federal Civil Service, especially permanent secretaries and directors.
The Public Sector Joint Negotiating Committee, PSJNC, of the unions in the public sector reportedly issued the strike threat.
The ministry reminded the aggrieved employees that there are â€œpresently three presidential committees made upÂ ofÂ representativesÂ of government and organised labour working on issues of wage review and workersâ€™ general welfare.
The Ministryâ€™s Permanent Sectretary, Ambassador ChikeÂ Alex Anigbo listed the committees asÂ the committee on national minimum wage, national committee of experts on parameters for wage fixing in the federal public service and the committee on the demand for relativity and pay structure in the civil service.
He said since the government was already in a dialogue with the PSJNC, an industrial action would not be in the interest of both parties.