The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC has dared Niger state government, warning that its members were ready to go hungry rather than collect anything less than 100% salary from the state government.

The state Government had last week offered to cut the salary of workers following what it described as shortfall in its income especially from the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC).

According to the government, salaries of civil servants were to be slashed by 30%, while those of local government staff would be reduced by 40%.

Speaking to newsmen in Minna on Tuesday, Chairman of the NLC in the state, Comrade Yakubu Garba said ” We can’t take anything less than 100%, we can stay for three months, we can even stay for one year without salary all we know is that we will only take 100% of our salaries”.

Garba said the Congress had reached out to all its affiliate unions asking them to take a decision on the issue.
“The returns we have got so far is that all the congresses favour only 100% payment”, he stated.

The Labour leader said Congress would meet on Thursday, to deliberate on the submissions after which “we will issue an ultimatum to the government”.

DAILY ASSET gathered that as a result of the disagreement between Labour and Government, salaries of workers for June expected to have been paid on the 25th of the month has been put on hold .

It was also learnt that the state government on Monday started the payment of pensioners and political office holders with pensioners receiving their normal pensions, while political office holders had their salaries slashed by 30% as directed by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello.

By Dan Amasingha

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