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Strike: Labour unions gives Ganduje 14-day ultimatum to reverse workers salary





- Labour unions in Kano state have said they will embark on a 7-day warning strike

- The unions said they will make the move if the state government doesn't reverse the slash in worker's May salary

- Recall that some civil servants in the state expressed their displeasure over deduction of their salaries

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The Kano state government has been given a 14-day ultimatum by the state labour unions to reverse its decision to slash worker’s salaries for the month of May.

According to Daily Trust, the unions are threatening to go on strike for 7 days if the decision is not reversed before the end of 14 days.

Kabiru Ado Minjibir, the chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress in Kano, who revealed this at a press conference noted that the ultimatum takes effect Wednesday, May 27, 2020, after which they will decide on the next line of action.

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The unions which are made up of 13 bodies and their affiliates said the cut was abrupt and without notification.

Minjibir added that the cut is against the provisions of Nigerian Labour Act, 1974 and many other international conventions and treaties to which Nigeria is a signatory.

He said the unions have decided to reject what they described as ‘illegal deductions’, calling on the state government to respect the new minimum wage agreement reached with the unions and shun further deduction unconditionally.

Minjibir said: “The Kano state government has violated the existing minimum wage law, 2019 which is a product of tripartite committee entered into agreement sent to the legislature by the executive and signed by the president.

The state also failed to implement fully the signed agreement of the consequential adjustment arising from the implementation of N30,000 minimum wage to workers at local government level, primary healthcare, SUBEB (primary and secondary school teachers) tertiary institutions and ministry of justice, thereby unilaterally implement partially without the consent of the labour side representing them."

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Governor Ganduje reportedly slashed salaries of the workers under the employ of Kano state government. Some civil servants in the state cried out over what they termed an unannounced, arbitrary slash in their May salaries.

The civil servants in the state discovered the slash in their May salaries moments after they began to receive their monthly salary payment alerts.

A civil servant with one of the state’s ministries who preferred to remain anonymous said the entire civil service in the state has been plunged into confusion as their May salary was slashed without prior notice.

In a related development, Governor Ganduje decided to cut his May salary by 50% following the adverse effect of the coronavirus pandemic on internally generated revenue in Kano.

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This decision by the state government also affects the salaries of the deputy governor and all political appointees in Kano.

Others are all local government chairmen, deputy chairmen, elected and supervisory councillors, advisers and secretaries of local governments.

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