There are emerging reports that workers in 18 states may embark on an indefinite strike on Monday, May 25, 2015 over unpaid salaries.
The General Secretary of the NLC, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, in a telephone interview with The Punch on Thursday, May 21, 2015 said that the congress had sent task force teams to various geo-political zones of the country, to commence preparations for the impending strike actions.
According to the NLC General Secretary, a strike has started in Plateau State, he stated that another would begin in Cross River State and other states on Monday.
On Tuesday, March 19, 2015, the National Administrative Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress had set up a task force to pursue payment of salary arrears owed workers by some state governments.
The report of the task force reveal that 19 states are owing salaries and pensions.
Ozo-Eson stated that the NLC had sent its task forces to the affected states and directed those who were being owed to begin their strike.
He said, “The various Task Forces are working. Plateau is on strike, Cross Rivers is going on Monday; the various task forces are working.
“A team is leaving for Benue to commence action; they are now free to commence action and we are supporting them.”
The report of the NLC Task Force revealed that while some of the states had paid salaries of workers up to date, they were owing arrears of pensions running into months.
The states owing workers’ salaries or pensions are Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Benue, Cross River, Ekiti, Imo, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, and Kogi.
Others are Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers and Zamfara states.
Adamawa, Anambra, Bayelsa, Borno, Delta, Edo, the FCT, Gombe, Kaduna, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Sokoto and Taraba however are not indebted to their workers.