The leadership of the organized labour in Taraba State has again alerted the public over an alleged plans by the State government to attack workers in the State.
DAILY POST reports that the workers have crippled government activities following their industrial action.
The workers, who raised the alarm via the state chairman of the Joint Public Negotiating Council (SJPSNC ), Dame Musa Buhari, said they would not be deterred by the threats, harrassment and intimidations.
In the bulletin which was signed and made available to media practitioners in Jalingo, the State capital by Buhari, he said, “Information reaching us is that money meant to pay salaries are now being used to hire some hoodlums to attack workers as the strike continues.”
Wondering why the state government had continued to relegate public servants to the background in spite their immense contributions to the economic growth, he said, “there are seven hundred retirees from the sixteen local government councils, primary school teachers inclusive, that have not been parolled for monthly pension after retirement from 2018 till date.”
The workers said “if Taraba State government will pay its elected politicians same salary structure with those from the oil rich states, workers should also be paid their peanuts called minimum wage. ”
Taraba government, according to them “claimed that salaries are usually paid in the state on or before the 27th of every month, but up till this moment, salaries are yet to be paid.”
The government, they said, “claimed that no worker is in arrears of salaries but the fact remains that local government employees are in arrears of six months salaries while primary school teachers are in arrears of four month salaries.
“N30.000 new national minimum wage and its consequential adjustment is a right and not a privilege.”
Beckoning on the workers to cease from “visiting their work places for whatever reason”, the leadership of the two labour unions affirmed their determination not to go to bed pending when government accedes to their demands.
Taraba Labour leaders allege planned attack on striking workers