By David Odama
THE organised labour in Nasarawa State Tuesday vowed not to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the state government to call off the ongoing strike action because the the documents prepared by thejoint committee has been doctored by the government.
Chairmen, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and TUC in Nasarawa State, Yusuf Iya and Mohammed Doma in a news conference after its meeting explained that the committee set up when the strike was declared had collectively wrote an agreement (MoU) on what will end the strike.
He alleged that the MoU collectively written agreed that the last tranche of August 2016 salary arrears be paid in June, promotions implementation in August while the committee on minimum wage should resume discussion on the consequential adjustments for workers in level seven and above, but to their greatest surprise, government doctored the agreement and included a clause that, whenever the federal allocation is less than N4 billion, government would revert to old payment.
The unions said the imication of the governnent position Means that any month the allocation is less than N4 billion, government would suspend the implementation of the promotion and pay workers in their old grade levels.
According to the union leaders, “signing the agreement with the clause would mean mortgaging the future of the workers, leadership of the union would not sucumm to that the declared.
They expressed displeasure with the government for including what was not originally in the agreement written by representatives of labour and the government noting that workers have been very patient with the government untill when the situation became unbearable that forced them to embark on the strike to fight.
They used the opportunity to commend the workers for their support and resilience since the strike commenced two weeks ago.
While vowing that workers would continue to stay at home until their demands are made by the state government, they assured that the union would do everything to ensured that their demands are met.
It would be recalled that the demands of the union includes; partial implementation of minimum wage without recourse to due process of collective bargaining, lack of implementation of promotions since 2008, lack of annual increments, lack of training, non confirmation of the casual workers some of who have worked for more than 10 years among others.