Kebbi Labour demands improved working conditions

The NLC called for the training and retraining of workers to improve performance, upward review of pensions to reflect current salary structure and disbursement of agricultural loans to workers to facilitate farming.

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The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in Kebbi State yesterday presented a 10-point demand to the state government as part of their efforts to improve service delivery.

Chairman of the congress, Umar Haladu Alhassan, who addressed workers during this year’s May Day celebration held at the Haliru Audu Stadium with the theme: “Labour Relations in Economic Recession: an Appraisal’’ in Birnin Kebbi, said the fulfillment of the demands would improve the civil service and the workers’ standard of living.

The NLC called for the training and retraining of workers to improve performance, upward review of pensions to reflect current salary structure and disbursement of agricultural loans to workers to facilitate farming.

The union also stressed the need to improve financial allocation to ministries, departments and agencies and improved welfare of all workers. It called for the payment of the 2017 leave bonus as well as the settlement of outstanding leave bonuses to primary school teachers and the introduction of the housing scheme to workers, similar to the Federal Government’s scheme.

Haladu, however, lauded the government for its prompt payment of salaries, training of personnel and the settlement of 10 years promotion arrears. The Deputy Governor, Alhaji Samaila Yombe, who represented Governor Atiku Bagudu said the present administration would improve the living conditions of the people and implement policies for rapid development.

He called on the NLC to always adopt dialogue as the best form of dispute resolution.Also, the NLC yesterday expressed concern over the poor implementation of the Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) in Katsina State. It lamented delays in the payment of pensions and gratuities to some category of retired civil servants in the state and local government areas.

Speaking at the May Day celebration, the state NLC Chairman, Comrade Tanimu Saulawa said poor implementation of CONHESS has created a situation where some health workers were unable to benefit from the structure.

Saulawa said although government had since implemented the salary structure, there was still the problem of omission and wrong replacement of some health workers.

He therefore, called on the state government to ensure that those qualified were allowed to enjoy the salary structure as doing so would ensure efficient service delivery at government-owned hospitals.

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