TARABA STATE WORKERS RESUMES STRIKE
BY Jethro Yerga
Following the Taraba State Government’s inability to implement the New National Minimum Wage, the Taraba state Organized Labourhas directed all workers in the state to once again lay down tools following what it described as insensitivity to workers plight by the State Government.
In a statement jointly signed by the chairman, Taraba State Council of the Nigeria LabourCongress (NLC), Comr. Peter Jediel and the Chairman, State Joint public Service Negotiating Council (SJPSNC), Dame Musa Buhari as well as the State chairman, Trade Union Council (TUC), SuleAlbasu and made available to the press, the union directed all workers in the state to resume the earlier suspended Strike Action by 12: hrs midnight of Sunday, 28th March, 2021.
“We wish to inform all workers that the path of peace towed by workers in the state in respect to the 30,000 New National Minimum has not yielded any positive development whatsoever. All hopes for the implementation of the New National Minimum Wage through peaceful means are apparently lost
“Therefore, OrganizedLabour in the state hereby directs all workers in the state to resume the earlier suspended Strike Action by 12: hrs midnight of Sunday, 28th March, 2021.” The statement noted.
According to the statement, the SJPSNC union wrote a demand letter to the State Government dated 2nd February, 2021 arising from the memorandum of understanding signed on the 7th of October, 2020 but till date the government had not responded to the stated demand.
The statement further salutes the patience, courage, resilience and doggedness of all members in their struggle for the implementation of what they called “long overdue 30,000 New Minimum Wage”.
It could be recalled that the union had earlier embarked on a strike on the 7th of October, 2020 but called off the strike immediately following a memorandum of understanding it signed with the state government. The government however, failed on its part, hence the resumption of the strike by the union.