The Kogi state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has declared that the state workforce would not participate in the fresh screening as ordered by the government.
In a statement issued by the state chairman of NLC, Mr Onuh Edoka, on Thursday, February 4, in Lokoja, the state capital, the government was given up till Feb. 10 to pay the Sept. 2015 salaries of workers or face industrial action.
Mr. Edoka, who faulted the government of insincerity in its dealing with workers, stated that the issue of fresh screening of workers before payment of their September salaries did not come up for discussion during the Feb. 2 meeting it held with representatives of government.
He said: “We are shocked and surprised that Kogi State government can back stab workers.
“We agreed on the payment of one month salary out of four months being owed us out of honour and respect for the governor.
“The issue of staff screening was not discussed.
“Workers have been down for four months; to subject them to any screening now will compound their hardship.“
Mr. Edoka said that though labour was not opposed to government’s effort to identify ghost workers and curb corruption, it should provide relief to the workers by paying them their one monthly salary as agreed with the NLC.
Edoka warned that organised labour would not tolerate obnoxious and anti-workers actions from the government and advised Gov. Yahaya Bello to be wary of bad advice from certain quarters.
Meanwhile, there are indications that the NLC may have started consultations with its civil society ally, Trade Union Congress (TUC) to protest the adoption of price modulation for petrol prices in the country.