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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Niger workers begin strike over clothing allowance, shut down House of Assembly

The Niger state parliamentary workers has shut down the state’s House of Assembly as they commenced a three-day warning strike over non-Payment of their Outfit Allowance.

This is according to a decision made by the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria Congress, chaired by the Chairman Malam Mohammed Sanusi.

Sanusi stated that the decision followed the failure by the state government to pay the Consolidated Salary Structure of 2011 by first quarter of 2022 as agreed with the association.

The workers said no one will be allowed into the building.

In March 2022, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Niger state chapter issued a two-week warning strike to press home the demand of workers such as payment of backlog of gratuity, refund of deductions from cooperatives, National Housing Fund (NHF), unions’ check off dues as well as third party charge deductions from workers’ salary for Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS). However, the strike was suspended after the government agreed to accede to the workers demand.

The chairman said: “We have three pending issues: the Outfit Allowance paid once a year, the approved Consolidated Salary Structure and the non-payment of legislative duty allowance to some of our colleagues.”

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Sanusi said also that Gov. Abubakar Sani-Bello approved 50 per cent payment of Outfit Allowance in 2018, but that the money had not been paid ever since.

He noted that while parliamentary workers were not getting their entitlements, judiciary workers were fully paid.

He noted also that names of some members of the association were deleted from the legislative duty allowance schedule and that a memo was written to the governor to that regard.

The governor consequently approved payment of 35 per cent of the allowance approved by the National Assembly Service Commission.

Sanusi warned that refusal by government to meet the association’s demands within the period of the warning strike would lead to an indefinite strike.

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