NIPOST workers issue fresh strike notice over non-payment of allowances
Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government Owned Companies (SASGOC) and National Union of Postal and Telecommunication Employees (NUPTE) have given a strike notice over non-payment of allowances and provision of working tools.
Speaking in Abuja yesterday, SASGOG NIPOST branch president, Msheliza Inusa, disclosed that the two unions were currently mobilising their members for industrial action if NIPOST management fails to meet their demands.
The unions urged the NIPOST management to procure four operational vehicles for movement of mails as agreed in the communiqué reached with NIPOST management on December 21, 2020.
The two unions also called on the management to set up modalities on liquidating the payment owed airliners, so that international mail movement could again be prompt and regular to forestall any form of molestation, harassment and arrest of their members at post offices nationwide.
Included in their demands is the review of the National Mail Route (NMR) system to ensure prompt and regular mail movement across the country, saying this would improve NIPOST quality of service.
“NIPOST management should make available the working tools/materials needed for the productivity of our members. Management should, as a matter of urgency, pay all outstanding allowances owed staff. Management should take necessary measures in reversing the outsourced delivery of international registered items and small packets to boost revenue generation of NIPOST,” the unions said.
They noted that NIPOST staff member are the least paid among the committee of federal statutory corporations, hence the need for an urgent review of NIPOST salary structure.
It added: “NIPOST management has neglected the payment of workers’ entitlements, resulting in a backlog of transfer and many other allowances owed staff for over four years.”
The unions, therefore, called on the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy to, as matter of urgency, save NIPOST from sinking and restore the organisation to its place of glory.
On his part, NUPTE President, Nehemiah Buba, alleged that the management of the organization is inefficient, leading to poor service delivery and infrastructural decay, among other challenges.
“It is sad to note that today, the Post Office, which was once a hub of various government services, has now become a shadow of itself. Suffice to state that the management of NIPOST is not doing enough to restore the glory of this great organization, rather its focus as is on projects/activities that do not contribute to the realization of the organisation’s core mandate,” he stated.
Buba said lack of working tools was threatening productivity level, saying, “Working materials/tools are enablers for workers’ productivity. Management, whose responsibility is to provide the needed working materials/tools to enhance workers’ productivity, has neglected this critical aspect of production. “This has constrained our members to continuously improvise books, forms, bag labels etc. and in some offices, staff provide office furniture for themselves.”
He also observed that international registered item and small packets, which hitherto was one of NIPOST revenue sources, had recently been outsourced to private companies, which had impacted negatively on the revenue generation of the organisation.