NLC Faults Cut In Workers’ Salary

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has faulted the Federal Government’s upward review on deduction on workers’ salaries. Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, NLC General Secretary, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview on Tuesday, that the increased deduction was unacceptable.

“We got complaints from a number of workers about the pay that they got last month, being a fall compared to what they use to get. “We have tried to make enquires as to how this has come about, and we heard that there has being upward revisions in the number of deduction that has been taking place before.

“The National Housing Fund, Pension contributions and the PAYE (Pay as You Earn), that is the Personal Income Tax deduction.

“We are at a lost as to how that will happen, because with regards to the National Housing Fund, it is stipulated what percentage of salary goes as deduction.

“So whatever has been deducted in the past is based on that law and therefore you cannot just wake up and change the amount of deduction.

“It will require an amendment and a change to the subsisting law before you can do that effectively He called on the Federal Government to have a rethink on the situation as workers were already in hardship. He said that NLC had received complaints from various workers that their November salaries were reduced as compared to what they used to get.

He said that the salary deducted ranged from N5,000 to N10,000 and above, depending on grade levels. He explained that the Pension Contributions 2004 Pension Act as amended stipulates 7.5 per cent as employee contribution.

According to him, what can be done and what the law allows is that the matching contribution of the employer is set as a minimum and is free to increase what it has.

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Aregbesola Intends To Reduce Workers’ Salary, PDP Alleges

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Osun State yesterday al­leged that the Governor Rauf Aregbesola intends to reduce salaries of workers.

The party in a state­ment issued in Osogbo by its spokesperson, Prince Diran Odeyemi, said memo notifying civil servants of a new pay regime that will see them forfeiting all al­lowances their colleagues in other states are enjoying, have already been circu­lated.

Odeyemi said in less than three years, the ad­ministration of Aregbesola has tinkered with the set-up of agencies overseeing pri­mary and secondary educa­tion in the state.

But the government, in a statement issued by Semiu Okanlawon, the director bureau of communications and strategy, dismissed the opposition party’s allega­tion.

The PDP said memo in­forming workers of the for­feiture of their allowances was signed by Permanent Secretary in the office of the Head of Service, Mr Sunday Olajide, stating that the allowances include 27.5 per cent peculiar allowance for teachers, 25 per cent-35 per cent for other catego­ries of workers.

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AIT Staff Seek FG Intervention Over Non-Payment Of Workers’ Salary

Staff at African Independent Television (AIT) in Kaduna state have appealed to the Federal Government to intervene to make the television’s management pay salaries owed them.

The workers lamented dehumanising treatment being meted on them by their employers, describing the non-payment of their salary arrears as a deliberate act.

One of the workers who pleaded anonymity confirmed salary for August 2014 was paid on Tuesday—nearly a year later.

“There has been no communication or excuse whatsoever from management for non-payment of staff salary. When they pay for one month, it will take about four to five months before another payment will be made,” the staff said.

“A lot of people have left the organisation due to this problem while more people are planning to leave; yet the management are not bothered.

“We feel the non-payment is deliberate because the money is there but we are not been paid.

“The non-payment is inflicting suffering on us because we have families that we cannot cater for, we find it difficult to feed, pay our children’s school fees, house rent and other utility bills,” he lamented.

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Gov. Rochas Blames Poor Economy For Non-payment Of Workers’ Salary Arrears

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo has attributed the poor state of the nation’s economy for the non-payment salary arrears being owed government workers in some states of the federation.

Okorocha said this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of a meeting of All Progressives Congress (APC) governors and governors-elect on Tuesday in Abuja.

The governor said that just like the states, the Federal Government was also finding it difficult to pay the salaries of its workers.

“We must say that the economy is bad, let’s face the fact. Most governors are not able to pay salaries and there is no magic any governor can do to pay salary under the present situation.

“We intend to take that up with the President-elect to inform him of the challenges before him, to prepare his mind to know that there is a lot of challenges that the states are facing in terms of payment of salaries, including Federal Government.

“Here, you have an incoming president coming to meet almost an empty treasury, which tells you the challenges we have ahead of us.”

According to him, the APC governors and as well as the governors-elect have decided to meet to also review the just concluded 2015 general elections.

This, he said, would enable the party and its elected officers to strategise on the best possible approach to tackle the country’s challenges.

“Basically, what we did was to review the just concluded election and we have congratulated each other and it’s on record that today, APC has 22 governors-elect, while we are looking forward to getting more by the time we finish with the court processes.

“So this is the first introductory meeting to know one another and to discuss all that took place in the last election, the challenges, the merits and demerits.”

Okorocha said that some of their colleagues had embarked on holiday and medical checks to enable them regain their strength after the tedious electioneering campaigns.

He said that the presence of Senator Bukola Saraki at their meeting was not in any way connected to who emerged the Senate President or the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

“Senator Bukola visited during our meeting, but we did not discuss the issue of who becomes the Senate President, or who becomes Speaker of the House of Representatives.

“Our mission is to familiarise ourselves and look at the state of our economy and see how we can meet the president-elect and make some suggestions on what he can do to move Nigeria forward.”

The meeting was attended by Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers, his Nasarawa counterpart Tanko Al-Makura, Kaduna Governor-elect Malam Nasir El-Rufai and the Speaker of the House of Representatives who is the Sokoto State Governor-elect Aminu Tambuwal.

Others present at the meeting were Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, former Ekiti governor, Kayode Fayemi, Deputy Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje and APC Chairman, John Oyegun.

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Mimiko To Use Workers’ Salary For Saturday Polls- Report

Civil servants in Ondo State, whose March salary was ‘borrowed’ by the state governor, Olusegun Mimiko, will have to wait for a long time for the salary as Governor Mimiko has planned to use the workers’ salary to prosecute Saturday’s House of Assembly election.

Mimiko, who has been distributing money to politicians in the state since last week, was desperate to control the majority in the state House of Assembly, but would face a titanic battle in achieving that feat.

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