"We Are Not Slaves" - Federal Workers Demand Payment Of 3 Months Outstanding Wage Awards

Date: 23-06-2024 2:19 pm (3 weeks ago) | Author: Mister Jay Wonder
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Federal workers, under the banner of the Federal Workers Forum (FWF), have called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's administration to settle their overdue three-month wage awards. This demand was made during an online meeting held on Saturday.

According to sources, the federal government had implemented a wage award for workers following the removal of the subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS). The workers are now appealing for the payment of the awards for March, April, and May.

In a communiqué issued after the meeting and made available to the Daily Post on Sunday, the federal workers emphasized their frustration and sense of injustice. The communiqué, shared by National Coordinator Comrade Andrew Emelieze, stated:

"It has been nearly four months since the federal government halted the payment of wage awards to federal workers. Despite our repeated pleas to the federal government to resume the payments, all efforts have fallen on deaf ears.

"We, the federal government workers, met online to critically review our last request to the FG to pay the outstanding March, April, and May wage awards, among other issues. It was generally agreed that the FG is pretending not to know that we, the federal workers, are experiencing unimaginable hardship since the removal of the fuel subsidy.

"We, therefore, resolve as follows: To embark on continuous peaceful protests and demonstrations in all federal government secretariats nationwide. These protests will become a ritual until the welfare needs of the federal workers and pensioners are addressed.

"The protests will commence on June 24th and continue until the issues of the wage award and the new national minimum wage are resolved. Every federal worker must take this protest as a duty, and anyone who opposes this continuous protest is an enemy of the workers.

"We call for the support and solidarity of all industrial unions, the NLC, and the TUC as we, the federal workers, embark on this marathon session of peaceful protests and demonstrations across the federation. We condemn the idea of retired federal workers waiting for over a year before receiving their pensions and gratuities.

"We urge federal workers to be armed with the fact that protest is a fundamental human right, and any federal worker who decides to dodge this collective agreement is a traitor. We are citizens, not slaves. Enough of this exploitation of the vulnerable. The government has cheated us enough. Pay us what you owe us. We have worked for it; we are not beggars."

The workers' demands highlight the growing discontent among federal employees, who feel neglected and mistreated. The planned protests are set to increase pressure on the federal government to address their grievances and fulfill its obligations.

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