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National Assembly Staff Threaten Strike Over Unpaid 8 Months Minimum Wages, 15 months allowances

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National Assembly workers, under the auspices of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), have protested alleged non-payment of eight months outstanding minimum wage and 15 months Consolidated Peculiar (Conpeculiar) Allowances. The protesting workers, led by PASAN chairman, Sunday Sabiti, and Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Service Commission, (NASC), M.A. Liman, also threatened to embark on industrial action as from Monday, January 10, 2022, demanding for complete implementation of the national minimum wage signed into law in 2019 as well as the revised condition of service. A communique issued yesterday, after the joint National Assembly/NASC Congress held in Abuja, containing the congress resolution was transmitted to the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan; Speaker, House of Representatives, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila; Chairman, National Assembly Service Commission (NASC), Mr. Ahmed Mashi; Director –General of Department of State Services; Divisional Police Officer (DPO) at the National Assembly and Head of Sergeant-at-arms, respectively.

The communique reads in part: “In view of the resolutions, Congress resolves to embark on industrial action, commencing with mass picketing from Monday, January 10, 2022, in protest of the breach of the MoU.

“In view of the contravention above, the NASC/National Assembly joint emergency congress resolves as follows: That management should pay with immediate effect five months outstanding balance of minimum wage, year 2021 rent subsidy, 15 months arrears of Conpeculiar allowances, and six months arrears of hazard allowance to National Assembly staff.

“In addition to the MoU, congress also demands the implementation of 50 percent balance of Conless, immediate release of year 2022 training template for staff and evidence of provision of gratuity for retiring staff.