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Labour threatens strike in Benue over N100m National Housing Fund deductions

By PETER DURU

Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Benue State council, has warned that it would be forced to call workers out on strike over the failure of the state government to refund to workers, the N100 million accumulated deductions for the National Housing Fund.

Labour also hinged it’s proposed action on the failure of the state government to ensure speedy payment of teachers’ salaries and the implementation of the N18,000 new minimum wage for primary school teachers in the state.

Benue State Chairman of  NLC and National President of Agricultural and Allied Employees Union of Nigeria, AAEUN, Mr. Simon Anchaver, issued the warning, yesterday, while fielding questions from Vanguard in Makurdi.

He said: “We have consistently raised several issues before the state government bordering on the welfare of workers in the state, one of which is the issue of our leave bonuses, which is not being consolidated by the state government.

“The state government is owing workers backlog of leave bonuses and it is as if the matter had been swept under the carpet. We also have on the table, the issue of accumulated excess tax deductions from workers’ salaries, which was supposed to be refunded to them, till date that has not happened and workers are not happy about that.


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