AUPCTRE chides agencies for unpaid salaries
The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) has berated agencies of government that failed to pay workers’ salaries for the months of November and December.
The union at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) held in Abuja, called on agencies that are yet to pay their staffers’ salaries to expedite action on it.
A statement issued at the end of the parley and signed by its General Secretary, Yusuf Lekke Zambuk, read in part: “That the Union therefore, calls on the Federal Government to prevail on the Agencies to expedite action on all the process that will lead to the payment of November and December salary without further delay.”
The meeting also lauded the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, for making efforts towards ensuring the payment of all outstanding arrears.
AUPCTRE said the action of some ministries, agencies, departments and parastatals of government that exhausted their budgetary allocation in the month of October was unacceptable.
“The efforts of the Minister of Finance to ensure that all Federal Government employees’ salaries are paid as at when due is appreciated by the union. The Union frowned at the actions of the affected Agencies who exhausted their budgetary allocation in the month of October 2016 without making adequate arrangement with the Federal Ministry of Finance for payment of workers salary for the months of November and December 2016,” it said.
The union also lauded the tenacity of workers who have remained calm and refuse to be provoked even in the face of flagrant abuse of their collective rights.
AUPCTRE said workers’ miseries are further compounded by the non-implementation of palliative measures by government many months after removing fuel subsidy as well as erosion of their income by the consistently rising inflation in the country.
It added: “The Union appreciates workers patience and understanding on the present economic challenges in the country, despite the non-payment of the palliative measure by the Federal Government to cushion the effect of the economic crises. The Union wishes the entire workers in the country, Merry Christmas and happy New Year, looking forward for better welfare for workers in 2017.”