The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC is set to implement the rule of ‘no pay, no work’ to stamp out salary liabilities of up to three months in all state councils.
The NLC president, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, on Sunday revealed this in Abuja when he featured on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). He said the union has given instructions to all state council to apply the rule.
“We have given instructions to all of our state councils that where there is liability of salary up to three months, they should also apply the rule of `no pay, no work’ it is not only `no work, no pay.’
“You can also apply the rule in a reverse order of `no pay, no work’ and that is legitimate because the law provides that after 30 days of working, the worker is entitled to be paid,” Wabba said.
In his opinion people who have put in their best or those in the system trying to put in their best will not be encouraged if non-payment of salaries persists in every state, hence the issue must be addressed.
The NLC president also said his team will do everything within their means and power to try to continue to protect all government workers. According to him, workers must be seen as an asset to the country and not to be burdened with these challenges.
Mr. Wabba also disclosed that NLC took inventory of the liability of pension, gratuity and salaries, during a meeting with the state councils, and the data was alarming.
In his words, “When you see the data of how much it stands today of liabilities that workers have not been paid, the worst is that of gratuity which some states have a liability of up to 10 years.
Wabba expressed that people who have been in service for 30 or 35 years were not paid a dime after retirement, adding that “it is only slaves that will work and not receive their entitlement.”
He decried a situation where the political leaders do not see the payment of workers’ salaries as important but as waste. While some governors would prefer to award bogus contracts rather than pay workers their wages.
According to the NLC leader, everywhere in the world workers are seen and placed appropriately for them to contribute their quota, but in Nigeria, due to the neglect and non-payment of workers’ salaries, productivity has been at the lowest point.