Yobe workers demand better pay, benefits at May Day rally

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Yobe state workers under the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) used their May Day platform to call for improved welfare packages and a more robust working environment.

Comrade Muktar Tarbutu, Chairman of the NLC Yobe State Council, highlighted several key worker concerns in his address.

A central demand was the implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage for primary school teachers and local government staff, arguing it has been unfairly withheld since its approval in 2019. Additionally, the

He advocated for the increase of the workers and pensions to counter rising inflation.

He also urged the government to settle outstanding gratuity payments for retired civil servants.

Tarbutu acknowledged government’s effort for training initiatives for civil servants but stressed the need to expand these programmes to cover all sectors.

The NLC chairman called for a reinstatement of overhead and running costs for government agencies, which according to him had been slashed by over 50 percent, hindering daily operations.

The NLC demanded the implementation of a 25% increase in their Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) and the payment of hazard allowances, citing a relevant government circular issued in July 2023.

The chairman highlighted a shortage of teaching and non-teaching staff in schools and appealed for recruitment drives.

He urged the Yobe government to adopt the nationally harmonised retirement age for teachers, granting them an extension to 65 years.

He also presented extension request from the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU).

The labour chairman appealed for the reinstatement of the Director of Labour position to bridge the gap between workers and the government.

Yobe Gov Mai Mala Buni said harmonious relationship between state government and workers is very important.

Buni, represented by Hamidu Alhaji, the Head Civil Service Yobe said the state government is committed to the realisation of workers and citizens in general.

He expressed appreciation to the NLC and other unions for their understanding commitment to the development of the state.

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