Kano unions suspend planned strike over salary deduction

The organised labour in Kano State has suspended its planned seven-day warning strike over deduction of workers’ salaries in May.

The union announced the suspension on Tuesday in a statement jointly signed by the state Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, Kabiru Minjibir, Trade Union Congress chairman, Mansur Adamu, Joint Negotiating Council chairman, Hashim Saleh and Chairman, United Labour Congress, Ado Salisu Riruwai.

According to the statement, the suspension of the warning strike followed the agreement and resolution reached with the Kano State Government on Monday on the demands of the union.

The labour union had issued a two-week ultimatum to the state government and extended it by one week, which ended on Monday.

The demands include a stop to “illogical deductions of workers’ salaries for the month of May, 2020.”

According to the labour leaders, the government had agreed to refund the deducted May salary by 50 per cent, a minimum pay of N30,600 due to COVID-19, alongside the eight months salary arrears within the third quarter of the year 2020 if the financial position of the state improves.

“The government will consider full implementation of consequential salary adjustment scale arising from the N30,600 minimum wage, for the payment of local government, SUBEB, tertiary institutions, primary healthcare and Ministry of Justice staff, when the state financial situation improves.

“The state government has agreed to restore the relativity allowance on-call duty to affected JOHESU members as well as refund what was withdrawn from their May 2020 salary,” the statement added.

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