NLC Suspends Indefinite Strike

Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has announced the suspension of the indefinite strike embarked upon by all workers in Abia State.

The suspension came hours after the State Government and labour leaders signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), on how to defray the backlog of salary and pension arrears owed workers and pensioners in the state.
The MoU was jointly signed by Secretary to State Government (SSG); Head of Service, Sir Onyii Wamah (on behalf of the Government); and the Assistant Secretary General of NLC, Comrade Chris Onyeka; Chairman of NLC in the state, Comrade Eze Idima; and Comrade I. N Ekwenye on behalf of Joint Public Service Negotiating Council.

According to the MoU, parties agreed that Government would embark on a staff audit of the Abia State University Teaching Hospital Aba, ABSUTH, to ascertain the valid nominal roll of the institution.

Modalities for payment of the arrears were to be agreed upon by Government and the audit team after the verification.

The parties also agreed that the outstanding two months’ salary arrears for November and December 2020 would be paid alongside March and April 2023 salaries by paying two months each.

In the MoU, Government is to take urgent steps to address payment of outstanding leave allowances of workers; and to commence the implementation of CONHESS for Local Government health workers.

NLC, on Monday, declared an indefinite strike in Abia over a backlog of salary arrears owed doctors in ABSUTH; and Hospital Management Board, HMB, as well as teachers and pensioners.

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