Local Government workers in Enugu State, have said the industrial action declared over the non-implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage is still in force.
Our correspondent reports that the strike has grounded activities in all the public primary schools, local government system, as well as the primary healthcare.
This was disclosed at a joint press briefing addressed by the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, and the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT.
Speaking, NULGE President, Comrade Kenneth Ugwueze said that two weeks into the strike, the local government chairmen were yet to take positive action.
He said, “We are still demanding that minimum wage and consequential adjustments be paid to workers.
“This is the first time in the history of the old Anambra State that we have had a salary disparity among civil servants in the state.
“Some categories of workers are being paid for over two years now, whereas others are not despite the fact that monthly allocation has improved within this period.
“So, we appeal to the Government to do the needful because even the N30,000 is due for review, it’s not enough. “The Government should look into our plight.
Minimum wage is an act of the National Assembly, it’s not a jamboree, it’s meant to close the gap being created by galloping inflation.”
In his address, the State Chairman of NUT, Comrade Theophilus Odo recalled that on 21st of July, they had issued a strike notice, during which they made it clear that “the patience of the workers has run out, it has been over-stretched He said “We made it clear that after 7 days, we will down tools, so on the 28 of July, the workers downed tools.
“It’s now two weeks but the government is yet to come up with anything.
It is based on this that we are again appealing to the Governor to prevail on the local government chairmen to do the needful.
“The workers are not happy being on strike, but they are helpless,” he lamented