Workers in the employment of Plateau State Government on Thursday began an indefinite strike after the failure of the State government to meet their demands.
The state Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) on Wednesday night declared industrial action in Jos.
The Plateau JNC Chairman, Titus Malau and Secretary, Timothy Gopep, jointly signed the statement, saying the strike followed the expiration of four days extension of the earlier seven days ultimatum given to the government.
They said the ultimatum and the extension were communicated in their letters dated April 19, 2023, and May 3, 2023, respectively.
The JNC officials said that the council held a meeting on May 10 with the Head of Civil Service and the Secretary to the Government of the State in attendance.
“It is evidently clear that the government has not shown enough commitment to address the issues as presented in our charter of demands before its tenure expires, as earlier promised.
“However, following a joint meeting between the JNC and Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC)/Trade Union Congress (TUC) leadership, it was resolved that an indefinite strike action be declared.
“The action is imperative since the government reneged in fulfilling its own part of the agreement despite a series of promises.
“We are, therefore, directing all our affiliate unions that strike commenced from midnight of 10th May 2023,” they declared.
According to them, all affiliate unions are directed to adhere strictly and ensure total compliance until workers’ demands are met.
The duo warned that any contravention of the directive would attract severe penalties/sanctions.
The workers are battling the state government over unpaid salaries, among many other demands.