Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has told the Kano State Government to stop any further deduction of workers’ salary and pension or face the consequences. Kano State government had deducted money from workers’ salaries and pension payments in November and December 2020 but the state govt said the deduction was a temporary measure caused by the drop in federal allocation and dwindling internally generated revenue occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba who stated this in a statement, Thursday, indicated that the deduction was necessary to keep the government going in the face of the prevailing economic recession facing the country.
However, the NLC Chairman in the state Alhaji Kabiru Ado while addressing newsmen at the NLC Secretariat in Kano warned that the workers would resist any plan to further deduct their salaries.
“Other states such as Borno, Katsina, Lagos, among others, who had issues with COVID-19 and security challenges did not reduce workers’ salary. It is now more than before that the state government needs to support workers and their families to scale through the hard times.”
The NLC is not ready to accept any further unilateral deductions of the legitimate earnings of any worker or pensioner. The state government must immediately refund the deducted amounts for the months of November and December 2020.
If there is further deduction, severance or foul play on salary, under whatever excuse, the labour congress would be left with no other alternative than to take appropriate industrial action to seek redress.
The Kano State NLC Chairman urged the state government to further desist from taking any measures that will damage its established reputation of being prompt in the payment of salaries over the years.
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