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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Another ShowDown Set to Go Off In Benue As NLC Vows to Resist Salary Deductions

Benue State Governor - Gabriel Suswam 

According to daily Independent, the Benue State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has vowed to resist the planned salary deductions to be embarked upon by the state government.

The state government had earlier said that it would have to deduct workers’ salary in the state to enable it pay teachers the minimum wage.

Teachers in the state returned to class last Monday after they entered into an agreement with the state government before calling off their eight-month-old strike.

The state chairman of the NLC, Simon Anchaver, who disclosed this while speaking with newsman in Makurdi on Tuesday pointed out that salaries are not reviewed downwards but upwards.

While he vowed that Labour would resist unpopular policies, the NLC helmsman said the union has told its officials in the Local Government (LGs) to mobilise members in case their salaries were deducted at the end of July 2014.

Anchaver who was speaking on the outcome of an emergency meeting of the union held in Makurdi on Tuesday also said workers in the state were yet to get a circular to that effect.

When contacted the Head of Service (HoS), Benue State, Terna Ahua, said the issue was between the state government and Labour, adding that he would prefer to remain silent on the issue for now.

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