Labour leaders in Kano State have Wednesday handed a warning signal to the state government over what they called unlawful slash in workers’ May salaries.
The state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), in a communiqué signed by 13 workers union chairmen, said they will begin a seven-day warning strike to register their grievances to the state government.
They said the state government has 14 working days effective from Wednesday 27th May 2020 to Monday 15th June, to respond to their demand to suspend further salary deductions or workers would have to embark on the strike action.
The labour unionists who addressed a news conference in Kano on Wednesday said the state government acted in gross violation of the existing Minimum Wage Act 2019, saying the law was a product of tripartite committee agreement sent to the legislature by the executive body and signed into law by the Nigeria president.
Judicial Sketch had reported that Kano State government paid its workers May salaries, with a huge deduction that workers said they never expected.
Till date, the state government has not explained why it deducted the workers’ salaries, not did it give any account of what it raked off the May wages.
Some workers have alleged that union leaders in the state were privy to the deduction and urged them to take action and speak up, but leaders said on Wednesday that they were never consulted by the government.