Registrar-General  urges commission’s staff union to call off strike

Elizabeth Christopher,Abuja

The Registrar-General of Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, Bello Mahmud, has advised the commission’s staff union to embrace peace as it awaits ministerial approval for implementation of their agreement on payment of salary arrears.

Mr. Mahmud made the appeal in Abuja on the management’s position on the ongoing strike he said the union was holding the nation to ransom as the commission was awaiting ministerial approval for the implementation of the agreement with the union.

Mr. Mahmud added that the strike was affecting the revenue inflow of the Commission.

According to him, the issue started after a proposed pay rise of 15 per cent and 35 per cent in 2010 for executive and non-executive staff which the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission altered to a flat rate of 26 per cent for all.

“The staff shut down the commission since Monday to protest high salary gap between the executive staff and non-executive staff, the commission had reached out to the Wages Commission again but no approval was granted for a pay rise for the non-executive staff.”

“The development led to an agreement on other benefits that will pacify the staff but since the agreement involved policy issues, it needed the approval of the board.”

“However, the commission at the moment, has no constituted board and the agreement had been forward to the minister for approval.” Mr. Mahmud said.

According to him, a meeting convened on Tuesday, involving all stakeholders, failed to resolve the dispute as the union prevented the management from accessing the office premises on Wednesday.

Mr. Mahmud therefore, advised the union to toe the path of peace by waiting for the approval, adding that the strike was adversely affecting the commission’s business activities.

Voice of Nigeria spoke with the chairman of the labour union of the Commission, Comrade Ibrahim Kirfi who said the union is not ready to callof the strike until their demands are met as the management has refused to honor several agreements reached with the union in time past.

They have money to carry out projects because the contractor will pay money to them, but they don’t have money to pay us our entitlement and arrears we that are doing the work

He added that the union will not call off the strike until its demands are met

we had series of meeting with them, we sent several letters of reminder to remind them to implement the Memorandum of Understanding, they agree to implement it from 23rd of june and two weeks down the line nothing has been down.

Until our demands are met we will not call off the strike.” Kirfi insisted.

The strike has entered its third day and the office premises remained shut.

Ime Njoku