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Salary Arrears: NULGE threatens to resume strike if …

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By Mumini AbdulKareem and Matthew Denies

The Kwara State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), last night threatened to resume strike if the government reneges on the accord it had with the union.

According to the Secretary-General of the Union, Comrade Afolabi Muniru Abayomi while speaking with National Pilot on the issue last night, NULGE will resume industrial action if the government fails to meet the conditions that necessitated the strike in the first place.

It would be recalled that the NULGE suspended the two months old strike on Monday following the convening of an emergency meeting on the issue.

Also, the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) and other stakeholders in the state directed workers to resume work on Tuesday.

Announcing NUT’s suspension, the Chairman of the union in the state, Comrade Abubakar Musa said they were suspending the strike for three weeks to enable biometric data of all striking teachers in Primary and Junior Secondary Schools take place.

He thereafter directed all the striking teachers in all the 16 Local Government areas of the state to make themselves available in their respective schools for the biometric data.

He also expressed hope that the biometric data which commenced on Monday will fish out ghost teachers and place teachers in their rightful grade levels.

But explaining their decision further, NULGE said theirs was not about three weeks for the biometric exercise alone but said their action was based on three conditions.

“We are suspending the strike based on three agreement we add with the government. And that includes implementation of promise not to owe the workers once the finances of the state improves, regular payment of workers salaries and payment of the backlog of arrears being owned our workers”

“That is why we are suspending the strike and calling it off, but if the government fails in these promise, we may be force to resume the strike.

“With the steps currently being taken by the government, we can see that there are serious resolve to address the issue, but that is not the same thing as implementation, he added.

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