Abia: Labour Union Rejects Government's Online Verification Exercise, citing unresolved issues from the previous verification exercise (Document) | #NwokeukwuMascot

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…According to the union, many workers have yet to be verified, and their salaries have been withheld by the government for over seven months | #NwokeukwuMascot

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In a recent development, the Abia State Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has expressed its dissatisfaction with a Government Public Service Announcement regarding an online verification exercise for State Civil and Public Servants. The announcement, which was issued by the Head of Service of Abia State, directed employees in Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs), and the seventeen (17) Local Government Councils to upload their documents online from May 10, 2024, to May 31, 2024.

The Labour Union in a release signed by Com. Okoro Ogbonnaya and Com. Emma Alozie (JP), Abia State Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Chairman and Secretary raised concerns about the timing of this exercise, citing the unresolved issues from the previous verification exercise.

According to the union, many workers have yet to be verified, and their salaries have been withheld by the government for over seven months. The State Council of Congress questions why the government has decided to initiate a new verification exercise without considering the pending matters from the previous one.

Following an emergency meeting held on Saturday, May 11, 2024, the State Executive Council (SEC) of the Congress has unanimously resolved to take a stance on the matter. The resolutions reached are as follows:

1. The Congress considers it disrespectful for the government to organize such a significant program for workers without consulting the Labour Union, which is the umbrella body for the workers.
2. The Labour Union views this new verification exercise as regressive to the initial vision of the governor to identify and eliminate ghost workers from the system.
3. Another verification exercise within a few months of the previous one is seen as anti-worker, particularly considering the economic challenges faced by the workers with their low salaries.
4. Requiring workers to go online for the verification exercise poses an additional financial burden, which is unfair given their various financial challenges.
5. The government is urged to halt the exercise immediately to prevent any potential industrial crisis in the State.

Consequently, the SEC-in-Session has resolved that no Abia workers in the MDAs and the 17 Local Government Areas should present themselves for any form of online verification until discussions are held between the Labour Union and the Government to address the concerns raised.

The Abia State Labour Union remains committed to protecting the interests and welfare of its members and calls on the government to prioritize dialogue and collaboration with the union to find a mutually beneficial solution.

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