League of Concerned Local Government Workers in the twenty one Local government of Kogi has called on the state government to rescind the alleged planned decision to pay 30% of salary to Local Government workers across the state.
The call which is contained in a press statement signed by the Coordinator of the group, Comrade Samson Amodu and the Secretary, Mr Olagoke Babatunde said the officials of the ministry of Local Government have been holding series of meeting with union leaders at that level to curry their support for the payment of the 30%.
The league expressed shock as to why government want to embark on such a dangerous path, noting that the 50% salary paid to local government workers in itself was a gross violation of all known labour laws.
They noted that there was no shortfall in allocations to state and local governments as announced by FAAC, adding that there is no basis for anybody to contemplate reducing the percentage of salary which was not sufficient before.
They said such planned action by the government at this period of COVID 19 which has brought difficulties to the citizens, will have a very serious backlash on the image of the state government.
The concerned workers said that while Federal Government and other states are giving palliatives to their workers and citizens to cushion the effect of COVID 19, reduction in percentage of salary shouldn’t be the palliative Kogi State government gives her citizens.
The statement advised the union leaders at the local government level to shun personal interest by rejecting whatever incentives given to them by government to endorse such an obnoxious plan that will only bring deaths and untold sufferings to workers at the grassroots.