Kogi labour suspends seven weeks strike

Onu Edoka

Organised labour in Kogi State has suspended its seven weeks strike with effect from yesterday. This was sequel to its joint negotiation with the government team led by the deputy governor, which has brought some form of agreement.

The strike embarked upon by the Kogi labour was to press home their demands for full payment of the arrears of salaries, suspension of the clock in-clock out system which they said is meant for factory workers not for civil service and other sundry demands.

The Kogi chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Onu Edoka said the labour union decided to suspend the strike having reached an agreement with the state government that they both promised to honor.

He said the agreement was signed after much consultation by both parties to bring about lasting peace between both parties.

Part of the agreement signed by the parties reads, “The ‘clock- in and out’ machine instituted as electronic Attendance Register would be test-run for the next three months starting from10th November, 2017 to end 10th February, 2018 during which its efficiency and functionality will be determined by a committee comprising government and Labour representatives.

“On no account would this machine be used to determine payment of salaries until the committee adjudges its efficiency after the expiration of said three months.”



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