Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, Rivers State House of Assembly branch, has threatened to embark on an indefinite strike over unpaid allowances.
The association specifically warned that its members would not hesitate to down tools should their allowances remain unpaid after October 24, 2016.
Chairman of the Union, Mr. Louis Okeleke, told journalists in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, that some of their allowances, including committee and outfit allowances, had not been paid since 2013.
Okeleke disclosed that the Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Adams Daborudima, had earlier sent a delegation to address them on the matter.
He commended the efforts of the Daborudima, while pointing out that members of the association would go ahead with their plan to embark on strike should the speaker fail to keep to his promises of ensuring the payment of their outstanding allowances.
Okeleke said, “At the instance of the national body of PASAN, we held a congress. While the congress was on, a delegation from the speaker arrived. They briefed the House and after their briefing, they pleaded for patience and that they would pay us our money within a short time, in fact, less than a month.
“In that light, the congress decided to give them the benefit of the doubt and adjourned till October 24, by which time the one month grace must have expired and if nothing positive is on the ground, we can proceed with the necessary actions.”
Okeleke maintained that the association would explore all avenues at its disposal before going on strike.
“Like it is in the labour law, it is an industrial action because at that time, we must have explored all avenues of dialogue and the dialogue has been on since 2013,” he added.