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Workers begin strike as NASS fails to clear 22-month arrears

The management of the National Assembly has attributed the non-payment of 22-months minimum wage of its workers arrears to the non-implementation of the new national minimum wage for its workers.

The workers, under the aegis of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) are billed to commence a strike action on Tuesday after issuing a strike notice a fortnight ago.

This follows the failure of the management to meet their demands.

Some legislative aides have also threatened to join the industrial action at the National Assembly.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in April 2019 signed a new national minimum wage bill increase for workers from N18,000 to N30,000 which NASS itself had passed but its management is yet to

Speaking to Peoples Gazette on Tuesday, NASS Director of Information, Rawlings Agada, assured that the management is addressing the situation and is already reaching out to the staff union.

Mr Agada said: “It is the arrears that have been accumulating from the date of the passage of the new minimum wage. They are looking at the consequential outstanding arrears, that is what they are calculating as 22-months which as at the last time, it would have come into effect. So, it is not that the whole salaries were not paid, it is the additional provided by the new minimum wage. We have to graduate the payment
schedule of the new salary structure.”

“If the whole money was readily available, management will pay. Management can only pay what they have now that is available to them,” he stated further.


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