Civil servants threaten strike over promotion arrears

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The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has given the Federal Government until Monday, September 18, 2017 to pay owed promotion arrears, outstanding salaries, and other allowances or face strike action.

A statement issued yesterday by the ASCSN Secretary-General, Comrade Alade Bashir Lawal, said for more than two years the Federal Government had been promising to pay federal officers their outstanding entitlements without doing so.

“It is rather unfortunate that the same Federal Government that has given State Governments bailouts up to three times to settle the entitlements owed their workers, takes delight in punishing its own employees by denying them their legitimate benefits,” the union stated.

According to the union, the debts owed federal officers include outstanding salaries, promotion arrears, 1st 28days allowance on transfer from post, mandatory training allowance of OHCSF 2010, repatriation allowances, burial expenses, and death benefits.

It recalled that the union had written several letters to the Presidency to settle the debts owed Federal officers but the Government had been dilly dallying.

It urged prominent citizens, royal fathers, religious leaders and other stakeholders to prevail on the Federal Government to pay the Debt owed Federal officers and not wait until the strike action starts before they begin to bargain with the union.DailyTrust

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