Nasarawa state Governor Umaru Al-Makura has appealed to the striking workers in the state to be more understanding with the government.
Al-Makura made the appeal on Tuesday in Lafia, the state capital, where he supervised the distribution of relief materials to 50 communities affected by various crises.
The governor said the priority of the state government remains the welfare of the workers despite payment difficulties.
”The workers are supposed to show some understanding because government has made their welfare a priority.
Our government has a human face; Nasarawa State was the first to implement the current minimum wage.
For four years, we paid the minimum wage without any problem before things became difficult. We expect some understanding,” he said.
In his reaction, the state Secretary of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ahmed Naibi, said that the strike was not just about salary but delayed promotion.
A major concern of the workers is government’s refusal to promote workers for more than six years.
Aside the non-promotion, workers have not been paid their traditional annual increments and other entitlements for years.
Naibi disclosed that the workers have not been paid: August 2016 salary, a percentage of October 2016 salary, and arrears of January and February 2017.
”The strike is five weeks old, but government has not engaged the leaders of the union for dialogue,” he added.topics from