By Boluwaji Obahopo
LOKOJA—ORGANISED Labour in Kogi State, yesterday said workers in the state were boycotting today’s May Day celebration to protest unresolved labour issues in the state including arrears of unpaid salaries and pensions.
Chairmen of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, Onuh Edoka and Ojo Ranti respectively, who disclosed this in Lokoja, the state capital, said the cancellation of the May Day was to register organized labour displeasure on the way and manner the state government handled had handled issues affecting workers so far.
According to the NLC’s chairman, the staff screening appeal and complaint committee report was yet to be made available to the organized labour for labour to come up with its observation, describing it as government antics not to allow labour access to details of the report.
He explained that the non-payment of salaries to a large number of workers, pensioners over the last 14 months had destroyed the civil service and the workforce of the state, saying : “The non-payment of salaries and pensions has led to loss of lives bringing untold hardship to the workers in the state.”
Edoka frowned at asituation where it had become difficult for civil servants affected by the “screening and verification exercise to feed their families and meet other necessary obligations. “