Delta workers threaten strike over “excessive taxation”, issue 14-day ultimatum

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Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta
Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta

Public servants in Delta State have issued a 14-day ultimatum to the state government, threatening to embark on strike over “excessive taxation on workers’ salaries,” among other grievances.

The ultimatum was contained in a letter by the state council of the National Public Service Negotiating Council to the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and endorsed by the state Secretary of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, Lucky Edewor and leaders of seven other affiliate unions.

“The state Joint Negotiating Council, JNC, hereby issue 14 days ultimatum to the state government to address the matter referred to in the communiqué dated September 19, 2013 as well as the obnoxious issue of excessive taxation of workers’ salaries, partial implementation of the minimum wage and stoppage of National Housing Fund in Delta State.

“Failure by the state government to address the above itemised issues within 14 days, all workers in public service of the state will commence an indefinite industrial action (strike) from November 19,” it said.

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