Labour strike: Nasarawa govt activates ‘no work no pay’

Nasarawa state government on Friday, maintained his stand on the no-work-no-pay order.

This is part of resolutions at the end of an emergency expanded executive council meeting with permanent secretaries and chief executive officers of commissions and parastatals inside the government house Lafia.

Chairman, state Civil Service Commission, Musa Dangana, who read the council’s resolution said the salary for the month of June, 2021 would be paid based on the attendance registers, therefore, willing workers are enjoined to resume duties immediately.

He directed Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to submit valid attendance registers for the month of June to the office Head of Civil Service through their permanent secretaries or chief executive officers.

According to the governor, the essential services, such as health and water supply woild be rendered to the citizenry and any form of interference the Labour would be dealt-with appropriately.

“Government regrets the hardship and inconveniences caused the people of the state as a result of the unfortunate strike action,” he said.

He equally charged security agencies to continue to protect and safeguard all government establishments in the state.

He however, maintained that government would on no account borrow to pay salaries, considering that doing so will further burden the state economy and the attendant consequences of mortgaging the future of the state. 

He said the government was opened to the removal of the clause in dispute, as contained in the agreement earlier presented, but that it will not hesitate to revert to the present salary template, on the event of “substantial shortfall” from the federation account allocation.

“As a demonstration of goodwill and quest for harmonious government-labour relations, for the benefit of our people, the administration’s door is open for continuous negotiations,” he said.

The organised Labour in Nasarawa went on strike two weeks ago, specifically on June 15, 2021, to press home their demands for outstanding promotions and other issues.