Workers Cripple NASS Over Unpaid Arrears

Workers Cripple NASS Over Unpaid Arrears

Workers yesterday shut down legislative and other activities at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja over non-payment of their arrears by its management.

The workers, under the auspices of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, PASAN, forced lawmakers to make a U-turn, with business entities like banks, restaurants and other private businesses closing shop.

The protesters blocked the main entrance into the premises with a bus while they danced to music from a disc jockey stationed at the entrance.

PASAN had on Sunday announced the commencement of an indefinite strike by its members over the non-payment of backlog of salaries and allowances by management.

PASAN issued the strike notice via a statement issued by its Secretary-General, Hammed Awobifa.

The association in a statement said the industrial action came after three notices to the management led by the Clerk to the National Assembly, Amos Ojo, within three weeks.

“The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, National Assembly Service Commission and National Assembly (chapters), at its joint congress meeting of June 2, resolved to embark on indefinite strike over the failure of the National Assembly management to implement the subsisting Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, jointly signed by NASC and NASS management and PASAN on April 13, 2021.

“PASAN had issued a communiqué on March 28 where it demanded full implementation of the subsisting MoU and the Revised Conditions of Service. It also notified the National Assembly management of 21 days, 14 days, and seven days service of notice for industrial action if, by May 31, it failed to comply with the congress resolution”, the statement read.

It listed the items in the memorandum of understanding signed by the parties to include 24 months arrears of minimum wage/consequential adjustment in which the management paid only 16 months, leaving a balance of eight months and 13 days; and full implementation of the Conditions of Service in the MoU signed in April 2021, to which implementation had started but stopped.

“In view of this unfortunate development, the association is embarking on indefinite strike commencing from midnight on Sunday, June 5”, it added.


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