Published On: Thu, Oct 12th, 2017

NLC cautions Benue govt on fiscal discipline, suspends strike

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NLC LabourFrom Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

The national leadership of Nigeria Labor Congress, NLC has cautioned Benue state government to exercise fiscal discipline, control its rising overhead, mop up all areas of leakages as well as be inventive in its Internally Generated Revenue, IGR drive.
Secretary-General of NLC, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson gave this caution while reeling out a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting between the Benue state government and the national leadership of organized labour held on the 9th and 10th, October, 2017 at the banquet hall of Government House.
He also declared the suspension of the one week strike yesterday, stating that government has undertaken to source for funds and pay the said two (2) months’ salary arrears to all categories of workers including get pensioners between Thursday, October 12 , 2017 and Friday October 13, 2017.
It was also, agreed that government and labor will continue to work together to bring down the wage bill to a sustainable level, while worker shall not be victimized for organizing or participating in the strike
The communiqué which was signed by the State NLC chairman Godwin Anya, Chairman Trade Union Congress, TUC Ordue Tartenger, Comrade Philip Nongu Chairman Joint Public Service Negotiating Council and witnessed by National General Secretary, NLC Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, National Chairman National Joint Public Service Negotiating Council Comrade Kiri Mohammed and representative of TUC Kelvin Chai also, stated that both government and the unions shall continue to dialogue on all issues or matters affecting the welfare of workers.
Furthermore, a joint technical committee comprising representative of labor and government was constituted to ensure improved resource flow as well as monthly disbursement of the State allocation.
On the side of Government, the communiqué was signed by the Head of Service Engr. George Ede and the Commissioner for Finance Hon. David Olofu.
“Both parties agreed to work to ensure the completion of the work of the committee currently chaired by the Deputy Governor Engr. Benson Abounu,” it concluded.

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