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One year screening: Labour leaders, workers review endless exercise in Kogi

Labour leaders, workers and well meaning Kogi on Wednesday took to the street to commiserate with the families of their members who lost their lives in the course of the endless screening exercise.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) in a bulletin jointly signed, directed it’s members to embark on a three-day warning strike from 27th February 2017 to press home their demands.

It said that all outstanding arrears of salaries to all (cleared workers and uncleared) workers be fully paid within a week including those having cases of short fall in their salaries as workers cannot continue to live under perpetual hunger in the name of screening exercise.

The bulletin revealed that the millions of naira to be expended in the screening exercise without result, rather it seems to us that the exercise is more of “Elimination by Substitution” which is really mischievous and unacceptable to workers of the state.

They said the Pensioners remain as Pensioners, not ghost therefore, government should immediately pay their monthly pension allowances as most of them have lost their lives as a result of the delay in payment.

The Union leaders frowned at the further attempt to scrutinize files of workers who are already cleared adding that cleared workers must remain cleared and holy.

It further said that any move by government to move files of cleared workers to government house for further screening or sinister intention is unacceptable to labour because of earlier experience of workers files brought before the review committee can no longer be located or files being destroyed by water in government house are all deliberate intension of government to screen out workers.

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