By: Luka Daniel (Bauchi),
The Bauchi State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC , Comrade Hashimu Gital has urged members of the public ,most especially, civil servants in the state, to stockpile foodstuffs in preparation for the impending strike proposed by the Union come 6th November, 2018.
Gital, who led other sister Union leaders such as the NUT, TUC among others on a rally on Tuesday to sensitize members of the public on why they would embark on strike said the indefinite industrial action became imperative due the insensitivity of the government towards workers plight across the country .
The Labour Chairman, who lamented that in spite of the workers loyalty to the government to peck down their demand for a new minimum wage from N65,000 to N30,000 which was agreed upon by the government and the Union pointed out that it was glaring that the executive is not willing to comply with the agreement because it has remained mute on the issue since then.
Gital, who said the current N18,000 minimum wage was no longer sustainable, maintained that the Union will not hesitate to embark on the strike if the government refused to honour the agreement reached on the minimum wage of thirty thousand Naira.
While receiving the workers at the Bauchi state Secretariat, the state Head of Civil Service, Alhaji Liman Bello, advised the labour leaders to conduct their affairs peacefully and within the confines of law.
He commended Governor Abubakar for prompt payment of workers’ salaries, while urging the workers to complement the gesture.
Also, the sensitization rally took the labour leaders to Federal Secretariat, Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic as well as the biggest market in the state, Muda Lawan Market where received by their respective union leaders in the state who promised their unflinching support to the planned indefinite strike.
Our correspondent reports that the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic Bauchi, did not join the earlier warning strike due to communication gap but the Chairman of the Union in the institution , Muhammad Bala Yakubu said his members are fully prepared to comply this time around.
In his response, the Rector of the Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic Bauchi, Dr Mohammed Suleiman Lame who said he was happy to receive the Union leaders in the Polytechnic expressed hope that the action of the Labour Congress will take the Nigerian workers out of their present predicament.
“I hope that the federal government will look into the matter with a view to finding a lasting solution. And I equally call on the government to also look into various sectors of the economy with a view to improving them”, Lame said.
At the Muda Lawan Market, the Chairman of Traders and Artisans Association, Alhaji Bala Maikaji said his entire members are solidly behind the planned strike as according to him, traders and artisans rely so much on the civil servants for their income, as such, it would be well with them if the salaries of civil servants are improved.