The Nigeria Labor Congress, (NLC), Yobe State council has made strong case for reversal of N30,000 minimum wage to local government workers in view of the current economic realities of the country.
The State NLC Chairman, Comrade Muktar Musa Tarbutu made the appeal at a media briefing on Monday marking this year’s May Day celebration held in Damaturu.
Local government employees in Yobe state had their minimum wage slashed, a decision the government said is painful but better than sacking of the staff.
The Chairman also sought a government in the state to restore the annual leave grant; peculiar allowance for state workers and 33% of pension review for those who have retired before 2011 among others.
“The Labour Party is very much aware of the government’s efforts in creating a conducive environment for civil servants ranging from office renovation and furniture supply. Notwithstanding, we want you to consider the payment of N100,000,000.00 monthly for gratuity” he appealed.
Comrade Tarbutu expressed the readiness of NLC to partner with the government in the state for the betterment of citizens.
“Similarly, as a result of high attrition in the healthcare sector and inadequate skilled health workers in the state, we hereby advocate to this government to increase the years of service from 35 years to 40 years as it was done in Borno, Adamawa and Kaduna states”, he begged.
The theme of this year’s celebration is “Workers’ Rights and Socio-economic Justice”.