Labour unions, under the auspices of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Public Service Negotiation Council (JNC) have threatened to embark on a three-day warning strike if the Kano government fails to resolve the lingering salary crisis that affects workers.
Speaking at the NUJ Press Centre, the NLC chairman, Kano Chapter, Kabiru Ado Minjibir, said the decision was imperative in view of the protracted inconsistencies in the payment of monthly salaries to workers, as well as deducting their hard-earned income without justification.
He decried the non-payment of outstanding eight months salary arrears of the Primary Healthcare Management Board (PHCMB) regularised staff recruited in 2015, amounting to N532.4 million.
He also bemoaned the non-payment of outstanding eight and four months salary arrears of Kano State Senior Secondary Management Board (KSSSSMB) staff regularised in 2015, amounting to over N220m.
The labour leaders called on the government to stop engaging consultants on salary issues, stating that issues on salaries should be handed over to qualified and suitable civil servants.
They said: “N80m was saved in 2017 when workers were allowed to handle the salary payment, in line with the jurisdictional scope as obtainable at the federal civil servants, as well as neighbouring states like Jigawa, ”
They challenged the state government to clarify the basis upon which the sum of N367. 50 and N168. 00 is being deducted from the monthly salaries of workers and pensioners respectively.
“In the event that the government failed to respond positively to the aforementioned issues of serious concern to the workers between now and 5th March, 2018.