NLC Begins Indefinite Strike In Niger State Today

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NLC Begins Indefinite Strike In Niger

The Niger State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has declared an indefinite strike action beginning today, following a deadlock in negotiations with the Niger State Government Committee.

This, according to the union, is in response to the government’s failure to address their demands, as stated in a previous ultimatum letter.

The information about the strike was contained in a statement by the Niger state NLC Chairman, Comrade Idrees Lafene and the state Chairman of TUC, Comrade Ibrahim Gana.

The statement read that “effective from 8am on Wednesday, February 21, workers across Niger State will embark on the strike until their demands are comprehensively met.

The civil servants have reiterated their willingness to negotiate but have highlighted specific conditions that need to be met for discussions to proceed.

“We wish to formally inform the government that effective 8 am on Wednesday the 21st of February 2024, Niger State workers shall commence an indefinite strike action until our demands are comprehensively met.

“Meanwhile, we wish to reiterate that our doors are open for negotiation subject to: conveyance of formal invitation, reversal of all appointments in dispute i.e Executive Directors Finance, Executive Directors Admin and Executive Directors Operations, Chairmen, Members and Permanent Commissioners of Local Government Service Commission and Civil Service Conmission and Directors General (DGs) of some agencies.

“We also wish to stress that the idea of appointing Permanent Secretaries who are not eligible and within the service will no longer be tolerated by the Organized Labour. Accordingly, we call on the government to withdraw the recent appointment of a Vice Principal on seconded as a Permanent Secretary to allow for career progression from within”, the statement read.

The NLC then called on the government to refrain from victimizing teachers and members from the education sector.

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