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Strike: Bauchi Govt sets up committee to address workers’ complaints

Bauchi State governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has constituted a high-powered committee to handle challenges and complaints emanating from non-payment of employees’ wage within the State.

The choice to arrange the committee was reached at a closed-door assembly between the state authorities and management of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) within the State as a part of efforts to name off the continued three-week warning strike by the Labour.

Addressing a press convention at Ramat Home, on the finish of the assembly, the Chief of Employees, Authorities Home, Dr Ladan Salihu, acknowledged that the committee can be headed by the state deputy governor, Senator Baba Tella, including that it had a four-week timeframe to submit its report.

In accordance with him, different members of the committee included the Secretary to the State Authorities (SSG), Mohammed Sabi’u Baba, the management of the NLC, Commerce Union Congress (TUC); Joint Negotiation Council (JNC); Nationwide Union of Native Authorities Workers (NULGE); the state Head of Civil Service; Particular Adviser to the Governor on Civil Service Issues, in addition to different technocrats and professionals.

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Salihu stated that the Labour was capable of desk its grievances resulting in the continued warning strike, including that they included challenges surrounding the problems of wage fee, promotions and development within the public service, remittances and the difficulty of minimal wage.

In accordance with the Chief of Employees, all the problems had been mentioned extensively with Governor Mohammed with a view of proffering options to them.

“The committee whose timeframe is for 4 weeks will take a holistic have a look at all of the challenges, constraints, complaints and limitations of all points surrounding the non-payment of salaries.

“There was by no means a month that the governor didn’t pay employees’ salaries. The issue is the challenges of managing the payroll and nominal roll.

“Salaries are being paid within the state, however the challenges within the system that exclude some employees is what created bottlenecks which impinges on integrity of the federal government

“The committee may even have a look at the wage regime for the state by arising with a template for each the native authorities and the state,” Dr Salihu stated.

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He added that the committee was saddled with the duty of building a reputable payroll and nominal roll that will likely be backed by high quality inputs to face the check of time, in addition to create a suggestions mechanism for the state.

Additionally talking, the state NLC Chairman, Comrade Danjuma Sale, stated that the assembly between the federal government and the labour union was a fruitful one, saying that it afforded the union the chance to desk all its grievances earlier than the State authorities.

In accordance with him, after the union tabled its grievances, the state authorities promised to look into them.

Comrade Sale assured that the management of labour within the State would convene the result of the assembly with the federal government to their members in order to take a call on calling off the continued strike.

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