The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have jointly rejected the N10,000 wage award proposed by the Jigawa State government as a palliative in response to the removal of fuel subsidy.
The decision was contained in a statement signed by the state chairmen and secretaries of NLC and TUC, and issued after a meeting of the Organized Labour in the state held in Dutse, the state capital.
The labour union described the state government’s announcement of the wage award as premature, asserting that no agreement had been reached on the matter.
It further stated that NLC Salary Negotiation Committee had engaged in prolonged negotiations with the state government committee, presenting various submissions without receiving any response.
According to the statement; “It is important for the general public to note that the Organized Labour has not signed any Memorandum of Understanding with the Jigawa State Government on the N10,000 wage award; the Negotiation Committee is yet to conclude its assignment”.
Reacting, the state’s Head of Service, Muhammad K. Dagacire, however, stated that the NLC Negotiation Committee was fully aware of the decision taken by the state government regarding the palliative measures for the workers.
He explained that the agreement included a three-month wage award, distribution of food palliatives, and provision of farm inputs, including lands, for every civil servant.
“So it is surprising to hear this story from you on the said NLC’s rejection of N10,000. Our interventions to workers to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal are of three stages and Governor Malam Umar Namadi is committed to fulfilling all,” Dagacire said.