Civil servants in Jigawa State have rejected the offer of N10,000 wage award proposed by the State government as a palliative to cushion the removal of fuel subsidy.
It was a collective rejection endorsed by the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, in the State.
They communicated their rejection in a press statement jointly signed by the state chairmen and secretaries of NLC and TUC and issued after their meeting that held in Dutse, the state capital.
In the statement, they described the wage award as announced by the State government as premature because no agreement had been reached on the matter so far.
The statement pointed out that the NLC Salary Negotiation Committee had engaged in prolonged negotiations with the State government committee with various submissions presented without receiving any response.
“It is important for the general public to note that the Organized Labour has not signed any Memorandum of Understanding with the Jigawa State Government on the N10,000 wage award; the Negotiation Committee is yet to conclude its assignment.”
Reacting to the rejection, the Head of Jigawa State Civil Service, Muhammad K. Dagacire said the Negotiation Committee of NLC was aware of the decision taken by the State government regarding the palliative measures for the workers.
“So it is surprising to hear this story from you on the said NLC’s rejection of N10,000.
“Our interventions to workers to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal are of three stages and Governor Malam Umar Namadi is committed to fulfilling all.”