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PASSAN begins indefinite strike action

The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASSAN), an affiliate workers union of the Nigeria Labour Congress, has directed its members to begin an indefinite strike from Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

The National President of PASSAN, Usman Mohammed, at a briefing in Abuja, said the strike action is as a result of the government’s unwillingness to grant financial autonomy to state judiciary and legislature.

Mohammed said, “The union has exhausted all attempts aimed at asking for the implementation of the Financial Autonomy by the federal government after 21 days, 14 days and 7 days ultimatum. At this juncture, the union has no other option than to direct our members to embark on an indefinite strike.

“Our members have run out of patience and have resolved to forthwith put an end to further delays to the implementation of the Financial Autonomy.”

The union’s strike order is coming despite the promise by the Clerk of the National Assembly to constitute a nine-member committee to roll out modalities for the implementation of the national minimum wage and other demands of the workers.

However, PASSAN has called on the national assembly and the presidency to intervene in the matter to avoid a total collapse of the administrative activities in the legislature.