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Workers lament unpaid gratuity by Lagos

Mr. Adelakun called on the Lagos State Government to pay more attention to the plight of pensioners who retired from Local government, Parastatals and so on whose gratuity and arrears of increment in their pension since 2006, had not been paid to date.

He said “we have appealed to the state government before now to always put our senior citizens  who had dutifully served the state in the fore front and provide for them a happy retirement life. But as we speak, nothing meaningful has changed in the state as far as pension payment is concerned. We want to express our displeasure in the way and manner the state government set up Pension Board with the exclusion of Nigeria Labour Congress in Lagos State. This is contrary to what is applicable in other states.

“For the records, NLC is the umbrella body of well over 42 industrial unions of which about 40 industrial unions are resident in the state. It is quite disturbing, very unfortunate and a gross disservice to the teeming workforce that the state government could treat with disdain the NLC leaders who are workers representative in Lagos State for not incorporating it into the state Pension Board.

“If the state government in its wisdom thinks Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, which it accorded membership of the board represents workers in Lagos, we make bold to say that this is the height of anomaly. We call on the state government to as matter of urgency, to correct this anomaly for the sake of industrial peace in the state, and enforce the conclusion of NLC into the state Pension Commission.

He added by calling on PenCom to expedite action of guidelines for informal sector participation in the CPS, saying “it is our hope that genuine applications will be processed with expediency by the commission in view of the large population in formal and informal sector of the economy who will be participating in the scheme.”

 


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