Workers Give NIPOST Ultimatum Over Pay

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The National Union of Postal and Telecommunication of Employees (NUPTE) has given the management of Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) a 21-day ultimatum to settle all outstanding salaries since 2007.

The ultimatum, which commenced on Monday, is contained in a communiqué signed by Mr Sunday Alhassan and Mr Gregory Olatunji, President and General Secretary of the NUPTE respectively.

Issued at the end of the union’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, the communique condemned the non-payment of the 2007 three months 15 per cent salary arrears.

The communiqué also called for the outstanding 2009 promotions to be affected on or before 31 December and rejected the planned NIPOST commercialisation by the Federal Government.

The council had resolved to call for the resuscitation of NITEL and the recall of all dismissed workers.

The communiqué called on the Federal Government to implement the N18,000 minimum wage in the Postal and Telecommunication Industries and other sectors before the end of 2011.

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It added that the group was vehemently opposed the planned removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government as this could only subject Nigerians to more hardship.

The communiqué called for a halt to the production and issuance of the new vehicle number plates, adding that the issue of new number plates “is nothing but extortion and impoverishment of Nigerians”.

It added that the council had noted the security situations in the country with serious concern and had, therefore, called on the Federal Government to give serious attention to it.

The workers  noted that  roads in the South-East had become  death traps and, therefore, called on the Federal Government to repair them.

It also expressed appreciation to the management of Airtel for allowing workers to join trade unions of their choice and creating an enabling environment to resolve issues affecting workers’ welfare in the company.