Treat us like your children, aggrieved Taraba PASAN tells Ishaku

By Suru Charles

The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, Taraba state chapter, has again called on the state governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, to create a harmonious working relationship between them and the government.

The leadership of the union who made the call via a statement made available to media practitioners in Jalingo expressed sadness that the state government had not been able to ensure a harmonious working relationship with them like “a father and his children.”

The call was observed to have come at the commencement of the indefinite strike action embarked upon by the union to press home their demands.

The union down tooled following the expiration of the five-day warning strike earlier embarked on by them.

Apart from the just concluded five-day warning strike, it would be recalled that the association have on several occasions issued out series of ultimatums to the government.

It could also be recalled that in their quest to press home their demands and to win government sympathy, the entrance gate to the state House of Assembly was recently sealed off by them, thereby preventing the legislators from accessing the Assembly premises.

Piqued by the alleged lukewarm attitudes of the governor towards addressing their demands, the workers whom The Trumpet observed to have unanimously agreed to crippled legislative activities, expressed sadness that the governor has continued to handle their issues with kid gloves instead of handling them like his children.

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The workers made their final position known through their chairman, Ibrahim Bala Yusuf and the Assistant Secretary, Abdullahi u. Abubakar. They said the decision to turn their back on the Assembly was collectively arrived at, at just concluded Congress, which according to them, “was held on the 15th of this month”.

“Following the expiration of the five-day warning strike embarked upon by us from Monday 7th to Friday 11th November 2022 by 8.00 am and owing to the fact that there was no response from the leadership of the State House of Assembly nor the government of Taraba, we have decided to embark on full-scale strike.”

“We hereby resume on an indefinite strike demanding for the payment of our seven years backlog outfit allowances with effects from today” they vowed not to return to work until their demands are fully addressed.

Citing how their members have been finding it difficult to favourably compete with their colleagues from other parts of the country, they beckoned at the leadership of the state to endeavour to borrow leaves from its counterparts in neighbouring states.

The full-scale strike was observed to have commenced when the state government is trying to put finishing touches to the presentation of the 2023 budget.

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