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Plateau workers commence indefinite strike over unpaid salaries

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Civil servants in Plateau State have commenced an indefinite strike after the failure of the State government to meet their demands. The Plateau Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) issued a notice of strike on Wednesday night in Jos, the State capital. The strike was declared following the expiration of the government’s extension of the earlier seven-day ultimatum given to the government.

The notice, jointly signed by the Plateau JNC Chairman, Titus Malau, and Secretary, Timothy Gopep, stated that the ultimatum and the extension were communicated in their letters dated April 19, 2023, and May 3, 2023, respectively. The JNC officials said that the council held a meeting on May 10 with the Head of Civil Service and the Secretary to the Government of the State in attendance.

“It is evidently clear that the government has not shown enough commitment to address the issues as presented in our charter of demands before its tenure expires, as earlier promised. However, following a joint meeting between the JNC and Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC)/Trade Union Congress (TUC) leadership, it was resolved that an indefinite strike action be declared,” the JNC officials said.

The JNC officials further added that the strike is imperative since the government reneged on fulfilling its part of the agreement despite a series of promises. All affiliate unions have been directed to adhere strictly and ensure total compliance until workers’ demands are met. The duo warned that any contravention of the directive would attract severe penalties/sanctions.

This strike action by Plateau State workers highlights the need for the government to prioritize the welfare of its workforce. Failure to pay salaries on time can lead to low morale among workers, which can negatively impact productivity and economic growth. It is important that the government takes urgent steps to address the demands of the workers and resolve the crisis amicably.

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