The Nigeria Labour Congress says all state councils where salary liabilities of up to three months exist will apply the “no pay, no work” rule.
The President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, made this known when he featured on the News Agency of Nigeria forum on Sunday in Abuja.
Wabba said: “We have given instructions to all of our state councils that where there is liability of salary up to three months, they should also apply the rule of ‘no pay, no work’.
“It is not only ‘no work, no pay’.
“You can also apply the rule in a reverse order of ‘no pay, no work’ and that is legitimate because the law provides that after 30 days of working, the worker is entitled to be paid.
“How can we encourage people that have put in their best or even those that are still in the system trying to put in their best without addressing this very fundamental issue?
“Those are the situations we have found ourselves across states and across different employments.
“I feel very sad with that situation, but I think we will do all we can within our means and power to try to continue to protect all those workers.”
Wabba said workers must be seen as an asset to our county instead of shifting all the challenges to the workers.
He said: “The challenges have been there; instead of looking inward to try to address these challenges, the bulk of the issue have been shifted to the workers and that is why I think that you can effectively say that yes these workers are under attack.”
Wabba said the NLC held a meeting with the state councils, where they took inventory of the liability of pension, gratuity and salaries, adding that the data was alarming.
He said: “When you see the data of how much it stands today of liabilities that workers have not been paid, the worst is that of gratuity, which some states have a liability of up to 10 years.
“Workers have worked for 30 or 35 years in service, they retired following the normal process, but yet after retirement, they were not paid a dime.
“Therefore, it is like they were slaves.
“It is only slave that will work and not be paid his entitlement.”
Wabba decried a situation where political leaders do not see the payment of workers’ salaries as important, but rather they see it as a waste.
The president noted that some governors would prefer to award bogus contracts rather than pay workers their wages.
He noted that everywhere in the world workers were seen and placed appropriately for them to contribute their quota.
According to Wabba, due to the neglect and non-payment of workers’ salaries, productivity has been at the lowest point.