The Plateau State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress said it will not accept any electoral candidate selected by the incumbent governor of Plateau state, Jonah Jang.
“We are aware that some political parties and gladiators in the state are gearing up to either retain or put their stooges to stair the ship of the state,” the State chairman of the union, Jibril Banchir, said on Friday, in a press conference that held at the NLC state secretariat in Jos.
“We labour are watching with keen interest and we must participate actively in the political process to determine who will govern us this time around, for we have suffered too much, we should unchain the chain,” Mr. Banchir said.
The union expressed anger over the non-payment of full benefits of retirees of Local Government employees and those of primary school teachers.
“We observed with dismay the ugly condition which these retirees are being subjected to by the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.”
He said “the retirees are being coerced and short changed in the computation of their severance for retirement benefit on 55 percent without recourse to an agreement signed by the organized union on the implementation of National Minimum Wage.”
“We reiterates here without any ambiguity that the agreement that was entered into be respected by the state government by working out the terminal benefits of those civil servants that retired.”
Apart from the 2000 teachers sacked recently, about a thousand primary school teachers are being owed for seven months. Some of the teachers trooped to the streets in protest.
Similarly, city cleaners who are mostly widows have not been paid their monthly salaries for the past four months.
The Plateau state NLC said the state government refused to comply with the national minimum wage since January 2012.
“It is on record that an agreement for the full implementation of national minimum wage was signed on 11th January 2012.”
“It is wrong for the state government to insinuate that that the combined effect of agreement signed by government and labour and the circular.”