Plateau govt insists on no work, no pay rule

Plateau State government has pointedly told its workers who participated in the strike that lasted for six months about two years ago not to expect salaries for the period they were on strike.

Plateau State government has pointedly told its workers who participated in the strike that lasted for six months about two years ago not to expect salaries for the period they were on strike.
The Special Adviser to Plateau state governor on labour matters, Barrister Simon Pankum, who made this position public in a chat with newsmen, described the strike as illegal and unconstitutional, saying government would not ready to pay those who participated.
According to him, “workers did not exhaust all the possible means of negation before embarking on the strike action which lasted six months and do not deserve to be paid because it is against the law of the land that stipulated that every worker should generate output from which he or she is supposed to be paid”.
He emphasizes that, ” the Nigerian Constitution did not give room for any striking worker to be paid wages, there are situations whereby through dialogue and negation, a striking worker may be paid, but, that, it is not automatic neither a right that can be claimed by anybody”.
The Eagle Online has it on good record that the Governor has been having a running battle with Plateau state workers which has led to strike actions from various labour unions.
And the twist is that the workers often demand for wages after they had called off their strike actions which the governor has refused to pay since his assumption of office.
Although, the general elections are by the corner and the workers have vowed to have their pound of flesh, Governor Jang is not deterred as he has remain resolute that the labour law of no work, no pay must subsist and obeyed to the latter in the state.
Barrister Pwankum who serves as a liaison officer between the governor and the state labour unions retorted that the workers were warned severally that they would not be paid for any length of time they choose to down tools and they ignored the warnings.
“It is important to reorganize all the workers in the country that they are expected to work for every penny they earn”.
He has however called on workers in the country to stop being confrontational with the way they ask for salaries when they are on strike, he said they can only appeal and embark on negotiation for salaries they failed to work for.
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