Workers in the National Assembly, under the auspices of the Parliament Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), held a protest yesterday to demand the payment of eight months of minimum wage and 15 months of consolidated petty allowances.
PASAN (National Assembly) Chairman Sunday Sabiyi and National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) Vice Chairman M. A Liman, who led the protest, also threatened to embark on a strike starting Monday January 10, 2022.
They demanded the full implementation of the National Minimum Wage promulgated by law in 2019 and the Revised Service Condition.
A communiqué issued yesterday, after the joint National Assembly / NASC Congress held in Abuja, containing the congressional resolution, was transmitted to the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila; NASC President Ahmed Mashi; Director, Department of State Services (DSS); Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in the National Assembly; and Chief of Sergeants at Arms.
The workers, in the statement, accused the management of the National Assembly of violating the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with PASAN on April 13, 2021, on the full implementation of the new National Minimum Wage Law 2019 and the Condition of Service Revised.
The communiqué reads in part: “In light of the resolutions, Congress resolves to take industrial action, beginning with massive pickets starting Monday, January 10, 2022, in protest of the breach of the MoU.
“In view of the aforementioned infraction, the joint emergency Congress of the NASC and the National Assembly resolves that the administration must pay, with immediate effect, the outstanding balance of five months of the minimum wage; the rental subsidy for the year 2021; 15 months of delay in the Conpeculiar assignments and six months of delay in the assignment by risk.
“In addition to the Memorandum of Understanding, Congress also requires the implementation of the balance of 50 percent of the Consolidated Legislative Salary Structure; immediate release of the 2022 training template for staff; and proof of provision of tips for retiring staff. ”