We’ll remain on strike until Enugu govt meets our demands, NULGE, NUT declare
Local government workers in Enugu State, yesterday, gave reasons the industrial action declared over non-implementation of the N30, 000 minimum wage has persisted, saying the state government has refused to address the contentious issues that necessitated the strike.
The strike, which has lasted two weeks, has grounded activities in all public primary schools, local council system, as well as the primary healthcare.
The primary schools were on the verge of commencing third-term examination when the teachers withdrew their services.
They made the disclosure at a joint press briefing addressed by the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), and the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Enugu.
NULGE President, Kenneth Ugwueze, told the media that two weeks into the strike, the local council chairmen were yet to take positive action.
“We are still demanding that minimum wage and consequential adjustments be paid to workers.
“This is the first time in the history of old Anambra State that we have 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 that monthly allocation has improved within this period.
“So, we appeal to government to do the needful because even the N30,000 is due for review; it’s not enough. Government should look into our plight.
“Minimum wage is backed by an Act of the National Assembly. It’s not a jamboree; it’s meant to close the gap created by galloping inflation,” he said.
Also speaking, the state Chairman of NUT, Theophilus Odo, recalled that on July 21, they had issued a strike notice, during which they made it clear that “the patience of workers has run out; it has been over-stretched.”
“We made it clear that after seven days, we would down tool. So, on the July 28, the workers downed tooled.”