National Assembly Workers Threaten To Embark On Indefinite Strike

National Assembly Workers Threaten To Embark On Indefinite Strike

The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) has threatened to
embark on an indefinite strike if the national assembly management does
not meet its demands.

The workers picketed the premises of the
national assembly on Tuesday, denying lawmakers access to both chambers
of the parliament.

They are aggrieved over the non-payment of outstanding salaries and allowances.

In
response to Tuesday’s demonstration, Senate President Bukola Saraki and
Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, directed the
Mohammed Sani-Omolori, clerk of the assembly, to resolve the issues
before the end of the week.

On Thursday, the lower legislative
chamber summoned Zainab Ahmed to explain why funds captured in the 2018
budget were yet to be released.

But speaking with journalists on
Friday, Musa Bature, chairman of PASAN, said the earlier demonstration
was a prelude to an indefinite strike action billed to commence on
December 18.

Bature said the workers put it hold on because of the intervention of the national assembly leadership.

“We thank the political leadership of national assembly for their intervention,” he said.

”The
leadership of the national body of PASAN as well as zonal leadership
and members of the two chapters that make up FCT zone, namely National
Assembly Service Commission and Public Complaint Commission, will not
relent in our effort.

”We hereby reiterate that the proposed
indefinite industrial action that will ground all legislative activities
of national assembly will commence as earlier scheduled if the demands
are not met as promised.”