From Abdullahi Jalaluddeen (Kano)

The organized labour has suspended its 3 days warning strike scheduled to commence today in Kano over the planned deduction of workers salary for the month of March by the state government.

NLC Deputy National President, Comrade Najeem Yasin announced this on Wednesday night at a joint news conference with other labour movement and affiliates in Kano after a meeting with the State government team led by the Head of Civil Service, Hajia Binta Lawan Ahmed.

Speaking on the resolutions reached at the meeting, Comrade Najeem Yasin said the state government denied a rumour that it planned to revert to the N18,000 minimum wage but rather affirmed determination to respect the agreement of N30,000 signed between the state government and organized labour in December 2019.

‘’Also, March 2021 workers’ salaries deduction at State and Local government Council should be refunded to workers along with April or May salaries depending on the increase of FAAC allocation for the period,’’ said Yasin.

Radio Nigeria recalled that several meetings between the state government team and the organised labour ended in deadlock over the planned workers’ salaries deduction due to what the state government attributed to the fall in the monthly FAAC allocation.

Yasin noted that all machinery for the implementation for the new national minimum wage of N30,000 should be put in place by the Office of the Head of Civil Service for KUST Wudil and Yusuf Maitama Sule University immediately.

Comrade Najeem Yasin maintained that it was agreed that no worker or any labour leader should be punished or treated in a prejudicial or malicious manner as a result of partaking in the planned industrial action by the Kano State Government.

He added that the planned 3 days industrial action scheduled to commence on Thursday, 8th April 2021 and peaceful protests on Monday, 12 April 2021 are hereby suspended by the organized labour.

Radio Nigeria’s correspondent reports that the leadership of the NLC led by NLC Deputy National President, Comrade Najeem Yasin and leadership of TUC, JNC, JAC and JCF attended the closed-door meeting with the state government team that includes Murtala Sule Garo, Local Government Commissioner, Shehu Na’Allah, Finance Commissioner and Muhammad Garba, Commissioner for Information.