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ABSUTH workers refuse waiving 14 months salary arrears for minimum wage



in the guise of the new minimum wage.

“However, when this backlog of salaries are cleared, we will be happy to key into the consequential adjustment of the N30, 000 new minimum wage,’’ the letter stated.

The unions addressed the letter to the governor, and copied the Head of Service, Chief of Staff and deputy, ABSUTH’s CMD, NLC, TUC, security official and others.

The letter said that failure in settling the arrears negate Ikpeazu’s promise to pay the backlog which the workers agreed to before suspending the seven months strike on June 17, 2019.

The letter said if the government refused to pay the backlog, the union might return to strike.

It urged the governor to form a new policy to pay old and new salaries.

However, Mr John Okeiyi-Kalu’s, Commissioner for Information phone had remained switched off as attempt to get government’s side failed.

When contacted on phone, the Finance Commissioner, Dr Aham Uko said he was in a meeting but asked that a text be sent.

He however, did not reply the text message sent to him.

 Edited Chinyere Bassey/Maureen Atuonwu

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