Kogi workers decry ‘no work, no pay’ policy

The organised labour in Kogi State has frowned upon the ‘no work , no pay ’ of the state government , following the strike embarked upon by the state workers .
In a joint statement on Saturday , the secretaries of the Nigeria Labour Congress , Olakunle Faniyi; the Trade Union Congress , Kolawole James ; and the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council , Isah Abubakar, noted that the Secretary to the Kogi State Government , Mrs. Folashade Ayoade, in a circular to ministries , department and agencies , threatened to implement the ‘ no work , no pay ’ policy , based on a provision of the Trade Dispute Act.
According to the unions , Ayoade failed to mention the legislation that empowers governments to deny workers their salaries for 21 months.
The statement further stressed that the SSG said the period of the strike would not be reckoned with in the computation of the years of service of the striking workers .
It advised workers to ignore the threat, saying , “The unions also frown upon the fake stories the governor ’ s media office has been planting in some newspapers to give the impression that the strike was shunned by workers .
“ This is another waste of scarce resources by the government that claims it doesn ’ t have money . ”
Meanwhile , the Kogi State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has called on the state government to stop playing politics with workers ’ welfare .
A statement issued by the Publicity Secretary of the party , Bode Ogunmola, on Saturday , advised the government to halt the “gradual trend to stagnation” in the state and make the welfare of labour a priority .