Civil servants under the auspices of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Nasarawa State Chapter, have declared an indefinite strike action on Friday with respect to the state government’s decision to cut workers’ salaries by 50 percent.
The declaration was disclosed by the state chairman of the NLC, Comrade Abdullahi Adeka, while addressing reporters at the Labour House in Lafia, the state capital.
The declaration came few days after the state governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, stressed that there was no going back on his administration’s decision to cut down salaries of its workers.
However, Adeka stated that the state government’s reluctance to reverse its decision left them with no choice but to declare the strike action.
He said, “We staged a peaceful protest to the government house on Monday 4, where we made it clear that if by the government did not reverse its decision to cut our salaries would embark on strike.
“We told the Deputy Governor, Mr. Silas Agara who came and received our petition on behalf of the Governor that at the close of work on Monday, government must reverse the workers unfriendly decision or face strike.
“Since the government remains adamant, the unions would use its only weapon which is strike to press home its demands until the government return and maintain the status-quo.”