Workers To Shutdown NASS On Monday, Threaten Budget Presentation

SAN FRANCISCO, December 16, (THEWILL) – Workers of the National Assembly are to commence a four-day warning strike on Monday in continuation of their protest to demand better welfare.

The workers on the platform of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), National Assembly chapter, took the decision to embark on the strike on Friday.

The Chairman of the association, Bature Mohammed, said in a statement in Abuja the decision was reached in an emergency congress held on Dec. 14.

However, President Muhammadu Buhari is due to present the 2019 Appropriation bill to the joint National Assembly on Wednesday, December 19.

Mohammed said that the warning strike which would run till Dec. 20, was to press home the demands of the association.

The chairman advised that all members of the association should stay away from their duty posts during the period.

THEWILL recalls that members of PASAN had on Dec. 4 shut down operations at the National Assembly when they prevented lawmakers from sitting.

The grievances of PASAN include a new condition of service for members, promotion and payment of 28 per cent increment in salary captured as contained in the 2018 budget.

They are also demanding to be put on the Consolidated Legislative Salary Structure (CONLESS).