Workers shut National Assembly over unpaid salaries

 Workers shut National Assembly over unpaid salaries

Legislative activities at the National Assembly were grounded on Tuesday.

It was a day of agitations and protests as the entire members of staff of the National Assembly practically prevented the Senate and the House of Representatives as well as their committees from sitting.

The workers under the aegis of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) were protesting over unpaid salaries, allowances and promotion arrears.

They took over the essential areas of the National Assembly including the entrance of the two chambers, the National Assembly lobby and prevented lawmakers from entering the chambers.

The workers at the weekend had issued a communique after its meeting and gave the National Assembly management a two- week ultimatum to pay all backlog of salaries and allowances or face industrial action.

According to the Association, it would picket the National Assembly as well as the National Assembly Service Commission

They threatened to commence an indefinite strike from December 14, 2018, if the National Assembly Management fails to meet their demands.

And the Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, assured that the workers’ demand regarding the approval of the Consolidated Salary Structure will be implemented soon.

“At the leadership of the Senate, we don’t have the possibility to know if the money will be paid now,” Sarakisaid.

“What I am committing to you is to send for the Clerk to the National Assembly and management and ensure that we find money immediately to ensure its implementation of the salary structure.

“why I cannot say when now I’d because that responsibility of where those funds are are not known to me”

“We have agreed that if you allow us, the report on the condition of service should be considered immediately. We are waiting for Management to sit with us. If we can meet with Management today, we will be able to communicate with you. But for that to happen, allow us to meet with management. And let us them tell us in the interim where they can get money and pay you immediately.”

Ayomide Oyewole

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