Official Everlast Blog: National Assembly To Embark On 4-Day Warning Strike Ahead Of 2019 Budget Presentation

Monday, 17 December 2018

National Assembly To Embark On 4-Day Warning Strike Ahead Of 2019 Budget Presentation

Staff of the National Assembly under the aegis of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) have said it will embark on a 4-day warning strike beginning from Monday.
The chairman of the association, Bature Mohammed, said the decision for the strike action was taken at an emergency congress held on Friday.

President Mohammed Buhari had written to the National Assembly last week informing them of his decision to present the 2019 appropriation bill on Wednesday.

The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria has however warned that workers would not be on duty when the President will lay the budget.

The workers shut down the National Assembly on December 4, 2018 by picketing the chambers and halting legislative activities.

This action was later suspended after the senate president, Bukola Saraki and speaker of the house of reps, Yakubu Dogara intervened.

The strike action is said to be as a result of outstanding salaries and allowances being owed the workers who also want to be put on the consolidated salary structure (CONLESS).

On December 6, 2018, the House of Representatives summoned the Finance Minister, Aisha Mohammed over the non-release of funds allocated to the National Assembly, part of which was for financing the new consolidated salary structure approved for its workers.

The Finance Minister appeared before the Committee on Finance where she gave no specific date for the release of the legislature allocation.

The Chairman of PASAN, Mr. Musa Bature said, 'We hereby reiterate that the proposed indefinite industrial action that will ground all legislative activities of the National Assembly (will hold),” adding that the workers would down tool from December 17.'

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