Unpaid arrears: Workers shut down National Assembly, cripple businesses

Unpaid arrears: Workers shut down National Assembly, cripple businesses

Leke Baiyewu

Workers have shut down activities at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja, forcing lawmakers to make a U-turn, including banks, restaurants, and other private businesses to close shops.

The workers, under the auspices of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, blocked the main entrance to the premises with a bus, while they danced to the music coming from a disc jockey stationed at the entrance.

Our correspondent observed that power and water supplies to the buildings had been cut, crippling public and private businesses.

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

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

In the statement titled ‘PASAN Declares Indefinite Strike to Demand Full Implementation of the Revised Conditions of Service (2018),’ the association stated that the industrial action was coming after three notices to the management led by the Clerk to the National Assembly, Amos Ojo, within three weeks.

The statement read, “The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, National Assembly Service Commission, and National Assembly (chapters), at its joint congress meeting (sic) of June 2, 2022, resolved to embark on an indefinite strike over the failure of the National Assembly management to implement the subsisting MoU jointly signed by NASC and NASS management and PASAN on April 13, 2021.

Source https://punchng.com/unpaid-arrears-workers-shut-down-national-assembly-cripple-businesses/

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