Malam Isa Yuguda
The Joint Negotiations Council (JNC) of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Bauchi State chapter Tuesday threatened to embark on an indefinite strike, should the state government go ahead to implement its decision to deduct two per cent from the workers’ salary to fund orphans and vulnerable children ministry.
Also, youths in Bogoro local government area of the state have rejected the appointment of Mr. Bukata Siman Taimako as the sole administrator of the council by the state Governor, Malam Isa Yuguda, saying the man was not fit for the post.
Secretary of the JNC, Mr. Ali Ahmed, said the council would oppose any move by the state government to implement its decision to deduct two per cent from workers salary to run the ministry for orphans and vulnerable children, vowing that workers would go on strike if government decides to go ahead with its decision.
Ahmed, who fielded questions from journalists in Bauchi, said: “We heard over the media that the state government had assented to the bill passed by the state House of Assembly to deduct two per cent from workers’ salary to fund newly created ministry for Orphans and vulnerable children, we want to remind the state government of our stand that we opposed deduction of workers’ salaries to fund any government activities or people oriented programme.”
Ahmed said further that: “We are not opposing the creation of the ministry or other government laudable programmes but what we don’t want is deduction of workers salary to fund any government project.
“N18,000 minimum wage is a law in this country which is in exclusive list not concurrent list and under the law the state assembly has no right to temper with the law that gives workers N18,000 minimum wage, and the law says no one should increase or reduce workers salary without informing all the stake holders, in that case labour unions where not contacted by either the state government or the state assembly before they passed the bill in to law and if government implement it we have option but to shut down the state.”